James Stagles, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 28th February 1728.

Reference Number: t17280228-49
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

James Stagles, alias Howard , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , was indicted for assaulting John Howse on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him 2 Pocket-pieces. value 6 d. 6 Shillings in Silver, and some Halfpence , on the 16th of Feb . last.

Mr. Home depos'd, That on the 16th of Feb. between Bow and Mile-End , about 5 or 6 in the Evening, the Prisoner came up to the Coach, in which he was with some other Passengers, and the Coachman not stopping immediately, he heard a Pistol go off, which he believes, was fired at the Coachman, and then robb'd this Deponent and the other Passengers; that when he was gone they got out of the Coach, and saw a Man on a black Horse in pursuit of him. This Deponent said he took Notice of the Horse he rode on, which, to the best Observation he could make, was of a Chesnut Colour, and that he plainly saw the Face of the Prisoner when he put his Head into the Coach to demand their Money, and was sure the Prisoner at the Bar was the same Person.

James Turner depos'd, That near Bear-binder Lane, at the Time aforesaid, he saw the Prisoner riding full Speed, and heard an outcry after him of Stop Thief, and that a Drayman standing in the Way, the Prisoner pull'd out a Pistol, and call'd, D - n his Blood, if he did not get out of the Way, he would shoot him: That soon after his Horse fell, and this Deponent seiz'd him, and found the Pistol upon him, which had been discharg'd.

William Webb depos'd, That he assisted in taking him, and searching his Pockets, found a Pocket-Piece, which the Prosecutor swore was his, it being very remarkable.

Henry Green confirm'd the Evidence of William Webb .

George Roads depos'd, That he heard the Pistol go off, and saw the Prisoner take something of the Passengers in the Coach, that he thereupon endeavour'd to seize the Prisoner, but he got away, and this Witness thereupon cry'd Stop Thief; and that the Prisoner at the Bar was the very same Person. The Fact being indisputably plain, the Jury found him guilty . Death .


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