William Brabent, James Hall, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 4th December 1730.

Reference Number: t17301204-75
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Brabent and James Hall , of St. Giles's in the Fields , were indicted for assaulting Richard Taylor on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat, value 5 s. and 15 s. 6 d. in Money , the 29th of October last.

The Prosecutor depos'd, That as he was going along the Street , near the Turn-stile in Holbourn, the two Prisoners pass'd by him two or three times, and Brabent stood still and stared him full in the Face; that when he came to the Coal-Yard, near Drury-Lane , Brabent came up to him and knock'd him down, struck him first on the right side of

the Head, and made him real, and struck his Cane out of his Hand; he making some Resistance , then he struck him on the left side, and then he fell, and lay stunned for a few Minutes, and coming to himself found his Wig lying under him, his Breeches unbuttoned, and his Money which was 15 s. 6 d. taken out of his Fob.

John Debel depos'd, That he having a Warrant against James Hall for another Robbery, when he had taken him, he own'd that Brabent did this Robbery, and that himself ran away with the Hat; but that Brabent had sunk the Money upon him, and that Hall wanted to be made an Evidence.

It was confirm'd by John Tyrrell , that Hall offer'd to impeach several if he could be made an Evidence.

This was likewise confirm'd by Edward Ward ; and the Fact being plainly proved, the Jury found both the Prisoners guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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