Griffin Owen, Samuel Harris, Thomas Medlin, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 28th August 1728.

Reference Number: t17280828-47
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Death

Griffin Owen Samuel Harris , and Thomas Medlin , were indicted for assaulting Richard Barker on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him five Pounds in Money , on the 3d of July last.

Richard Barker depos'd, That he living at Winchmore-Hill, was going home on Saturdays the 13th of July, and by the Way, at the Coach and Horses in Tottenham, he saw the Prisoners and another Person drinking together at the Door; that he took particular Notice of them, and look'd upon them to be Slippery Persons, that he went forward to Edmonton, and staid there some Time, and about 10 at Night in an open Lane, a Mile from Edmonton Church , the Prisoners overtook him, when some of them turn'd back and said D - n you stop; at which he said, I know every one of you; yet they dismounted him, pull'd off his Horse's Bridle, and took from him 5 Pounds four Shillings and 6d. and that the next Morning he found 7 d. in the same Place which he supposed they had dropt. That he took observation on them, and found him the light of the Moon they were the Same Persons he saw at Tottenham, and that on the Tuesday following one William Hyat inform'd him in Whitechapel, that there were Persons which he knew supposed to be Highwaymen, and desir'd he would describe the Persons who robb'd him, which he did, and Hyat took them by his Description, and when they were taken, he still insisted upon it that they were the Persons who robb'd him.

William Hyat depos'd, That on the 13th of July he saw Harris and Medlin at Islington, that they had some Discourse about Deen stealing, and as they were Drinking together, Ones and another came up to them, that afterwards he was inform'd by Mr. Rose, of Robberies done by such People; that he heard afterwards of Dr. Hulse's being robb'd and of the Robbery committed on the Hayman Richard Barker , and he enquiring after the Character of those Men, at the White House in Brick Lane, Old-street, heard that they were not only Dear-stealers, but other wife of dissolute Lives, and would come on Horseback in the Night-time and fire off their Pistols in the Yard; upon which he went to Dr. Hulse, and to Richard Barker , who describ'd the Men that robb'd them, which he believ'd to be the Persons he drank with at Islington as aforesaid, and accordingly has them apprehended, when Richard Barker swore to them, and before this, he had particularly described their Persons, Habits, and the Scar in Owen's Face. Other Witnesses confirm'd that the Prisoners and another Drank together at the Coach and the Horses at Tottenham at the Time as swore by Barker; and that Harris would seign have made himself an Evidence against the others, in expectation of which he discovered Medlin, who was not taken with him and Owen. The Fact appearing plain the Jury found them all three Guilty . Death .

Griffin Owen was a second Time indicted for assaulting Dr. Edward Hulse on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch, value 40 s. two Guineas and eight Shillings in Silver , on the 13th of July last.

Dr. Hulse depos'd, That on the 13th of July about 9 at Night, 4 Men set upon him at Ponder's-End, in the Parish of Edmonton; that one of them bear his Coachman, and afterwards assaulted him and took away his Watch and Money; that his Coach man said, the Man that did it had a Scar upon his Cheek, which he could plainly discover, it being a bright Moon-light Night.

Thomas Bennet depos'd, That the Prisoner was the Man who got upon the Coach-Box and beat him, and afterwards robb'd his Master, that they could not be contented with that, tho' they beat out one of his Teeth, but they broke his own Whip about him.

Henry Greenwood depos'd, that he saw the Prisoner beat the Coachman, and then ask'd his Master, the Prosecutor, for his Watch, which he said he had deliver'd to another of them, that one of them took his Master's Hat, but the others oblig'd him to return it again, saying, he was a very civil Gentleman; but this Deponent could not be Positive as to any of their Persons but the Prisoner's This Fact likewise appearing plain, the Jury found him Guilty .


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