Thomas Hitchin, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 28th August 1730.

Reference Number: t17300828-32
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Thomas Hitchin , alias Polson , of Hornsey , was indicted for assaulting Thomas Andrews , on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him 6 or 7 s. in Money, a Bay Mare, Bridle, Saddle, and a Cane , the 23d of July last.

Thomas Andrews depos'd, That he was stopp'd by the Prisoner in Canewood-Lane , between Highgate and Hampstead , between Eight and Nine o'Clock in the Morning, that he presented a Pistol to him, and bid him deliver his Money; that he gave him 6 or 7 s. that then he bid him dismount, that he did so, and the Prisoner mounted his Mare, and rode towards Highgate; that he cry'd out, and a Man being by on Horseback, pursu'd him, and he was taken near Cambray House.

Alexander Flood depos'd, That he was in the Lane, and saw the Prisoner walking backwards and forwards, and saw him come to the Prosecutor, take hold of his Horse's Bridle, and pull'd out a Pistol, and bid him deliver his Money, and bid him dismount, and give him his Horse; that he gave Notice to his Neighbour, who was on Horseback, and he pursued him.

James Harding depos'd, That the Prisoner just before had ask'd him for a Coach and Four, and the former Evidence telling him there was a Highwayman, he pursued him, and he was taken near Cambray House; that he saw him upon the Prosecutor's Mare, and as he pursued, he call'd out to some Drovers, who pursuing him, he was dismounted, and got into the Field before he could come up to him, having his Pistol in his Hand; that there being - Tibbons, with a Hatchet, and another, the Prisoner said, Gentlemen, don't abuse me, keep off.

Edward Clarin depos'd, That the former Evidence crying out a Highwayman, he pursued him till he quitted his Horse, and said, he would shoot any Body that should offer to lay hold on him; but a Man got behind him, and seiz'd him.

Parrot Fenton , depos'd, That when the Prisoner was before the Justice, he would not tell his Name, saying, if he were Hang'd , no Body should know who he was.

The Prisoner had nothing to say in his Defence, but to ask the Prosecutor, If he did not lend him his Horse? The Prosecutor reply'd, Not willingly, but if he did borrow him, it was with Pistol in Hand; the Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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