Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
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James Drummond , of Stepney , was indicted for assaulting Jacob Wakeling Jun. on the Highway, and taking from him a Silver Watch value 4 l. a Seal, value 1 d. a Cane, value 1 s. an Iron Key, value 1 d. and 4 s. in Money the 29th of October last.
Jacob Wakeling junr. thus depos'd, That on the 29th of October going to Bow , between 10 and 11 at Night, I met the Prisoner and another Person: James Drummond took hold of me, and ask'd me where I was going? I told him, Home; he reply'd deliver your Money, which I refusing to do, the Prisoner pull'd
Simon Potter depos'd, That being upon the Watch, Jacob Wakeling came in, and said he was robb'd of his Watch, upon which the Beadle went with us towards Bow, the Watchmen both saw the Highway-men, and Jacob Wakeling knew them; that the Prisoner was on Foot, and he knock'd him down, the Horseman circling about and threatning to shoot them if they did not let them go, and when the Prisoner fir'd, he said well done, then fir'd at them himself, and rode off; then taking the Prisoner to the Watch-house, and searching him, they found upon him 2 Silver Watches, upwards of 28 l. in Money, a Knife and a Chisel; Jacob Wakeling swore to his Watch and 2 Keys, 4 s. in Money and some halfpence.
The Watches were produc'd in Court, with the Pistol the Prisoner fir'd.
The Prisoner made but a very trifling Defence, saying. That coming from home, he found the 2 Watches in the Road, and pick'd them up, being ask'd if he found the Money too? he said he did, for he heard a great Scuffle and Noise a little before, and believes they might be drop'd then.
The Prisoner call'd 2 Persons to his Reputation, the one was his Landlord, who depos'd, That he had known the Prisoner many Years, but never heard any ill of him before, and if it was so now, he believ'd his Brother drew him into it.
Another Evidence depos'd, That he was Boatswain of one of his Majesty's Ships now, that he had been at Sea with the Prisoner, but never knew any ill of him.
The Jury found the Prisoner guilty of the Indictment. Death .
James Drummond was a second time indicted for assaulting and robbing William Isgrigg on the Highway, and taking from him 16 Guineas, 7 half Guineas, 3 Broad Pieces, 1 Moidore, about 20 s. in Silver, and a Silver Watch, value 2 l. October the 29th .
William Isgrigg depos'd, That going to Bow on the 29th of October at Night, the Prisoner, and another Man on Horseback turn'd upon him, and robb'd him of his Money and Watch, that afterwards hearing a Highway man was taken, he went to see him, and was ask'd, if he lost a Watch? he said he did.
The Prisoner being ask'd what he had to say in his Defence? reply'd, he would not give the Court any trouble.
The Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.