Thomas Smith, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 11th July 1726.

Reference Number: t17260711-18
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Thomas Smith , was indicted for Assaulting John Brown on the Highway, and taking from him a Wig, value 3 l. a Silver headed Cane, value 2 l. and a Neckcloth June 2 .

John Brown thus depos'd. Between 12 and 1 in the Morning, it being Moonlight. I was Assaulted in St. Martins Lane , by the Prisoner and 2 or 3 - more He had dog'd me from the Hay-market. - He knocks me down, took away my Wig, this Cane and my, Neckcloth, but my Money being in a side Pocket he mist it. They beat me among them, and made a sad Martyr of me.- The Wig was taken upon the Prisoner, and the Cane found by my Directions.

The Prisoner thus made his Defence. I met the Prosecutor in the Street, he was drunk, and ask'd me where he should get a Pot of Beer. We met a Mob, the Prosecutor was quarrelsome, and Some of the Mob Knocks him down, he got up again and gave me his Cane and Wig to hold, and would needs go to fighting; The Mob hurry'd him along, so that I lost the fight of him. Guilty Death .


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