James Toon, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 1st May 1728.

Reference Number: t17280501-37
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

James Toon , of St. Paul's, Shadwell , was indicted, for that he, with George Gale and Edward Brown, alias Benson , did assault James Flemming on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch, value fifty Shillings, and two Guineas in Money , on the 3d of April last.

Mr. Flemming depos'd, That coming from a Tavern on the 3d of April last, about 11 at Night, he was attack'd by five or six Men, who bid him deliver, and one of them holding a Pistol to his Head, told him, if he cried out, they would shoot him, and then feeling in his Pockets, they took his Watch, which he did not perceive; but upon their demanding his Money, he gave them two Guineas, and then they went off.

Thomas Neaves depos'd, That he, with the Prisoners at the Bar, going down Crispin-street, Spittle-fields , resolved to stop the first single Man they met, and meeting the Prosecutor, they took his Watch and Money, and pawned the Watch to one Madam Toy, who, he says, keeps an ill House on the other side the Water. The Prisoner, he said, had Part of the Money, but not a Part of the Watch, for, said he, Brown and Crowder, and I, shared that amongst us, for when we have an Opportunity we cheat one another; the Watch being produced in Court. The Prosecutor depos'd, That it was the same which was taken from him. The Prisoner denied his knowing any Thing of Neaves, but Neaves affirmed that they have been acquainted together ever since the Prisoner returned from Transportation, which is 5 Months since. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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