John Young, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 13th May 1730.

Reference Number: t17300513-6
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Young , of the Parish of Hayes, in the County of Middlesex , was indicted for assaulting Thomas Stinton , in a Field, or open Place, near the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Brown Mare , value 7 l. a Bridle, value 1 s. 6 d. as Saddle, value 12 s. three Broad Pieces of Gold, and 9 s. in Money , the 15th of February last .

Thomas Stinton depos'd, That as he was coming from Bristol towards London the 12th of February last, about six or seven Miles on this side Bristol he met with the Prisoner, who said he was going to Cirencester , and that he being also going thither, they said they should be glad of one another's Company; that they did not get to Cirencester that Night, but lodg'd at another Place, and came to Cirencester on the Friday; that the Prisoner then said he was going to Oxford, and he himself being going thither, said, he should be glad of his Company and lodg'd that Night at the White-Hart, between Cirencester and Oxford , and about Noon, on Saturday, they came to Oxford, and he (this Evidence) having an Acquaintance there, they staid that Afternoon; the Prisoner pretending to have been disappointed of Money, he there lent him a Crown, and that the next Morning they went from Oxford to Loud-Water , and there they lodg'd all Night; and he lent the Prisoner half a Crown more, and on Monday Morning they set out for London, and being come a little on this side Uxbridge, the Prisoner said he had an Acquaintance at Hounslow , where he could have what Money he pleased, and there he would pay him his Money; that the Prisoner turned off on the Right-hand of the Road near Hayes , and carried him to Botwel , and then the Way being very dirty, the Prisoner told him he would carry him a cleaner and better Way, and would have him ride cross some Lands over Hedges and Ditches; but coming where there was no Way, they being stopped by a River, he turned his Horse, and said, the Prisoner was either a Fool or a Knave to lead him where there was no visible Way; that he turning his Horse to go back , the Prisoner having a large Cane in

his Hand, struck him a violent Blow over his Head, which knock'd him off his Horse, and made the Blood flow out of his Mouth, &c. in abundance, so that he thought he should be strangled; that in a little time he recovering his Senses, he saw the Prisoner standing a little way off, and the two Mares Bridles ty'd together; that getting up on his Feet, the Prisoner came to him, and said, D - n you, give me your Money; that he then said to the Prisoner, is this the Kindness you show to your Friend? That he reply'd, give me your Money presently; that he answer'd him, I have not Strength, if you must have it, you must take it; that his Gloves were all over bloody; that the Prisoner came and searched him, took his Money and his Pocket Book, that he desir'd him not to take his Pocket Book; which would be of little Use to him, but of Detriment to him (the Prosecutor;) that he ask'd him if he would give him no Money to carry him Home? That the Prisoner said he would give him that should carry him Home presently, and firing a Pistol, shot him through the Neck, and clapping his Hand upon his Breast push'd him into a Ditch, saying to him, lie there; that he lay there, and when he had recover'd some strength, he got up but saw neither Prisoner nor Mares, and made shift to get to a House, and get some Help.

He added, That when they were at Loud-water , the Prisoner was talking of the Advantage of letting Blood in the Spring, and said, he used to let Blood sometimes, and show'd him a Case of Lancets, and that when the Prisoner was apprehended, and before Justice Hucks, he ask'd the Prisoner for those Lancets he show'd him at Loud-water , that the Prisoner did not deny his having them; but said he had them not about him, they were at Home in his Lodging.

George Hartwel depos'd, That the Prisoner and Prosecutor came together to his House at Oxford, and he being an Upholsterer had had Dealings with the Prosecutor, that he desir'd him to recommend them to an Inn, and he recommended them to an Inn in the Corn-Market; that the Prosecutor desir'd him to go with them to drink, and to persuade the Prisoner to stay all Night, who was for going towards London that Night; that he did go with them, and paid the Prosecutor two Broad Pieces.

Sarah Howard depos'd, That the Prisoner and Prosecutor came together to their House at Loud-water , and lay there the 16th of February, and that the Prosecutor did not care to lie both in the same Bed, but lay in two Beds in the same Room, and that the Prisoner sate up and smoak'd a Pipe after the Prosecutor was gone to Bed, and another in the Morning before he arose, and went away together.

The Prosecutor and other Evidences being ask'd if they were sure the Prisoner was the same Person, said, they were very positive that he was.

The Evidence being so plain against the Prisoner he no longer deny'd the Fact, but only alledg'd in extenuation of his Crime, that he knew nothing what became of the Mare, that indeed he did take away his Money, but did not design to shoot the Prosecutor; but having a Pistol in his Hand, and his Hand shaking, it chanc'd to go off, and deny'd that he used the Words which the Prosecutor had sworn, I will give you something shall carry you home presently; and that tho' he knew he was a dying Man, it was a great Satisfaction to him that he neither had committed, not design'd to commit Murder; and that he submitted to satisfie the Law with the more Pleasure. The Fact being so plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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