Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
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Abraham White , Francis Saunders , John Mines , alias Minshum , alias Mitchel , of St. Giles's in the Fields , were indicted for assaulting John Ross on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat, value 5 s. and four Pence Half-penny in Money , the 3d of November last.
John Ross depos'd, That he was set upon by the Prisoners in Bloomsbury-Square , that there were five of them in Company; that Mines held a Pistol to him, Saunders riffl'd him , but as to White he could say nothing; that he making Complaint next Door to where he liv'd, he was told, that the Persons who had Robb'd him would be there by and bye, that they had sold his Hat, and were to come to drink the Money out in Gin; that they coming , he was call'd down, and knew them, but they shuffled him and got away.
Rowland Jones depos'd, That the Prisoners, himself, and James Gray committed the Robbery, that Minshum held the Pistol to the Prosecutor, that Saunders riffled him, and took his Hat, and that having sold the Hat, and going to the Brandy-shop, the Prosecutor came in and taxed them with it.
John Debel depos'd , That he taxing Rowland Jones with having Knowledge of this Robbery, he offer'd to make himself an Evidence, and gave him Notice to apprehend Saunders ; and that Minshum own'd, that the Pistol produc'd in Court was that which he presented to the Prosecutor's Breast .
The Prisoners having little to say in their Defence, and the Fact being plainly proved, the Jury found them all three Guilty of the Indictment. Death .