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

Reference Number: t17301204-76
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

James Hall , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted, for that he together with one William Sherlock , not taken, did on the 1st of November assault James Ramsey on the Highway, put him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat, value 5 s. a Peruke, value 10 s. and 1 s. in Money .

The Prosecutor depos'd, That he was going down Holbourn between 2 and 3 o'Clock in the Morning, and at the end of Dean-street , he saw Hall standing near the Channel, and the other stood near the Houses, that he could not see them so plainly, that he look'd at them for two Minutes, that they came and knock'd him down, giving him 2 or 3 Cuts on his Head, and he lost his Hat and Wig, and found his Breeches unbuttoned, and his Money gone. That taking Notice that a Man and Woman look'd out at the Window, he went to that House and enquir'd if they did not remember a Man to have been knock'd down and robb'd thereabouts, that they reply'd, yes; and that the Prisoner had been taken up and kept 3 Days and 4 Nights, and discharg'd, they not knowing where to find the Prosecutor , and that he was afterwards taken at a Brandy-shop near that place.

Jeremiah Goodale depos'd, That he saw the Prisoner passing to and fro in the Morning about 2 or 3 o'Clock, and saw him knock down the Prosecutor, and that William Sherlock was with him in the Robbery; that he knew the Prisoner, he living next Door to a Brandy-shop that they used, where he was again apprehended 2 or 3 Days after.

John Debel depos'd, That he had taken the Prisoner, and kept him three Days, but not finding the Prosecutor, he was discharg'd; that the Prosecutor coming afterwards to him, and describing him, he knew him to be the Person, and so he went and apprehended him again at the Brandy-shop, and that he did own that he was in the Robbery, but deny'd that he knock'd him down. This Fact also being plainly proved, the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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