Anthony Meagre, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 16th October 1728.

Reference Number: t17281016-13
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death

Anthony Meagre , of St. Leonard's Shoreditch , was indicted for assaulting John Wainwright , on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Perspective-Glass, Value Onepenny, and Twopence in Money , on the 30th of August last, in an open Place, call'd Moorfields .

He was a second Time indicted for assaulting Henry Newman , on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat, Value two Shillings and Sixpence , on the 29th of August last, in an open Place, call'd Moorfields .

He was a third Time indicted, for assaulting John Beal , on the Highway, in an open Place, call'd Moorfields , and taking from him a Cotton Cap, Value one Shilling, a Frock, and and Iron Key , on the 30th of August last.

To the first Indictment, John Wainwright depos'd, That on the 30th of August last, between Twelve and One in the Morning, the Prisoner and another, assaulted him in Moorfields, the Prisoner holding a Pistol to his Head, and demanding his Money, that they then took from him a Perspective-Glass, and Twopence Farthing in Money; that he was afterwards taken with the Perspective-Glass upon him, and that when he was stopp'd by the Prisoner, it was not so dark but he could plainly see and distinguish him.

To the second Indictment, Henry Newman depos'd, That on the 29th of August, about Eleven at Night, the Prisoner and another Person came up to him in middle Moor-Fields , and the Prisoner said, D - n your Blood if you speak a Word I'll shoot you through the Body, holding a Pistol presented at him; that he having no Money, they took his Hat, one of them saying it was better than his, and they must change, upon which he gave him his own Hat, and it being a light Night, he could plainly discover the Prisoner to be one of them, and the Prisoner was the Person who held the Pistol.

To the last Indictment, John Beal depos'd, That on the 30th of August between Twelve and One in the Morning he was coming home from Bartholomew-Fair, and in Moor-Fields in the Foot-Path way, the Prisoner and another Man came up to him, and the Prisoner holding a Pistol presented at him, said, G - d D - m you we have been Gaming, and must have Money. That he told them he had no Money, but they rifled him, and took from him a Cotton Cap, an Iron Key, a Brass Shilling, and a Fustian Frock which they made him pull off, but gave it him again, because it would not sit the other Person who was with the Prisoner: That the Prisoner was the Person who held the Pistol at his Breast, for he plainly discovered him to have on at that Time, a black Cap, a flaxen Whig, and a Fustian Frock which he had on at his Trial, the Jury found him Guilty of all the Three Indictments . Death .


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