Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Benjamin Branch , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for Assaulting Jane Marshal on the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her 2 Guineas, 2 Half Guineas, and 3 s. 6 d. in Silver, a Pocket Pieces value 5 s. a Bunch of Iron Keys, and 2 Silk Handkerchiefs , on the 27th of Jan . last.
The Prosecutor depos'd, that on the 27th of Jan. about Nine at Night, as she was coming by St. Andrew's Church Wall , the Prisoner came up to her, and stopping her, thrust both his Hands under her Petticoats, and took the Money, Keys and Seal mentioned in the indictment, out of her Pocket, and offering to make away, a Gentleman stopp'd him before he was out of her Sight; that just before he came up to her she was satisfied she had them all in her Pocket.
Mr. Trowell depos'd, That he saw the Prisoner put his Hands under her Petticoats, and that he went round her, and two Persons being in his Company, he delivered something to them, and that then this Deponent said, If you are honest Men, assist me; but they refused and went off, when the Prisoner struck at this Deponent, and wounded him in the Hand, but he could not distinguish the Weapon with which he did it.
Edward Beezley depos'd, That he, with Mr. Trowell, apprehended the Prisoner, and that he saw the two Persons run away, as mentioned by Mr. Trowell. The Prisoner had nothing to say in his Defence, but that they did not find the Money upon him, neither would search him, though he desired it; but it appearing plain that the two Persons were of his Gang, and that he had conveyed the Money to them, the Jury found him guilty . Death .