William Caustin, Jeoffry Younger, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 3rd December 1729.

Reference Number: t17291203-38
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Caustin and Jeoffry Younger , of St. George Hanover-Square were indicted for assaulting William Bowman on the Highway, and taking from him one Guinea and 13 Shillings , November last.

William Bowman depos'd, That in the first Five Fields from Chelsea , as he was coming Home, he past the Prisoners, and others with them, that some of them asked, What a Clock it was? And that afterwards they overtook him again, struck him on the Head, and Robbed him of one Guinea and thirteen Shillings.

George Bradley thus depos'd, We all went out to Rob, and went as far as Chelsea, and coming Home met with this Man (meaning the Prosecutor) Jeoffry Younger struck him, and Caustin took the Money, but there was but 17 s. 3 d. of it, as he said, though we all thought there was more, and that Caustin had cheated us.

Thomas Martin depos'd, That he was at the taking of them, and the Prisoners confess'd they had robb'd the Chairman in the five Fields.

William Alston thus depos'd, Bradley was taken and committed to the County goal of Surry, and desir'd to be admitted an Evidence, I took Caustin in Westminster, and then he deny'd he knew Bradley, but afterwards owned he did, and was concern'd in this Robbery with him and had 4 s. for his Share.

Thomas Banks thus depos'd, On Sunday was Fortnight last I took Younger in White-Chappel, and would have had him gone along with me, but he refused, so I got 2 Men to assist me there, and then he said that he never committed but this Robbery by Chelsea, and one on Finchley-Common.

Henry Newborn depos'd, That Younger made a Resistance against Mr. Banks, and he assisted Mr. Banks.

Russell depos'd, That he heard Younger confess he committed the Robbery; the Prisoners made no manner of Defence, or deny'd any part of the Evidence; the Jury found them guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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