Edward Benson, George Gale, Thomas Crowder, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 1st May 1728.

Reference Number: t17280501-35
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Edward Benson , alias Brown, alias Boyston , George Gale , alias Kiddy George , and Thomas Crowder , were indicted for assaulting James Colvert on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch, value 40 s. and 5 s. in Money , on the 10th of April last.

Mr. Colvert depos'd, That he being in a Coach near the Dog-House Bar , on the 10th of April in the Night, he heard a Pistol go off, and presently a Man appear'd on each Side the Coach, and said, he was a dead Man if he did not deliver: Accordingly, they took from him his Watch and Money: He said he saw but three Persons himself, but the Coachman told him there were four.

Thomas Neaves made himself an Evidence; and depos'd, That he, with the Prisoners at the Bar, attack'd the Prosecutor at the Time and Place aforesaid, (by the same Token, that they had that very Night robb'd the French Person at Hogsdon) that Crowder stopp'd the Coach, it being his Place, but shot at the Coachman before he bid him Stand, that Benson and Gale open'd the Coach-Doors, and took from the Prosesecutor and the other Person in the Coach, a Watch, and about 24 s. in Money, and describing the Postures each of them stood in: He said, that they shared the Money amongst them, and gave Gale Half a Guinea for his Share in the Watch, which Watch Benson pawn'd next Day to Mr. Bradford, for Two Guineas.

Mr. Bradford depos'd. That Benson, the Prisoner, pawn'd the Watch to him for 2 Guineas, the Watch being produced in Court, he depos'd, That it was the same which Benson pawn'd to him, at which Time it had a black String to it; and Mr. Colvert depos'd, That it was the same Watch which was taken from him, with a black String to it.

Richard Hillditch depos'd, That by the Information of Madam Toy, he took them altogether, they Lodging all in one House, and that when he took them they were provided with Pistols, at which Time, Neaves being one of them, he said he would make a full Discovery.

Several Witnesses appear'd in Behalf of Crowder and Gale, and gave each of them a good Character: but as Witnesses to the Reputation of Persons have but little Effect, where Facts are plainly and positively prov'd, the Jury found them all guilty . Death .


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