Matthias Pepin, John Smith, William Holland, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 4th December 1730.

Reference Number: t17301204-78
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Not Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Death

Matthias Pepin , John Smith , and William Holland , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , were indicted for assaulting Richard Griffith , on the Highway, and taking from him a Silver Watch, a Cornelian Seal set in Gold, and two Guineas, the Property of the said Richard Griffith , and a pair of Spectacles and Case of Joanna Griffith , the 3d of October last.

Capt. Griffith depos'd, That on the 3d of October last, on Saturday Night, between 10 and 11 o'Clock at Night, he being going home to Mile-End , beyond the Turnpike , about a Stones throw, was attack'd by several Men, that Hall came up to him, and presenting a Pistol, said, D - n you, your Money; that he reply'd, your Money! Friend do you always say so when you are drunk? That thereupon Smith said, shoot him thro' the Head, that he desir'd them to use him as a Gentleman; and Hall reply'd, we will use you like a Gentleman; that they riffling him of his Watch and Money, he desir'd them to leave him some Silver, and that one of them, which he thinks was Pepin, said, leave the Gentleman some Silver; that there being a great Number of Sheep coming through the Turn-pike, they having robb'd him, made off; that he went back to White-Chapel, and acquainted the Watch, and Charles Barton went in Quest of them, and found the outer Case of his Watch near the Place where he had been robb'd, and the Watch was afterwards found in Holbourn; that Hall was taken the 23d of October, and made an Evidence.

- Hall depos'd, That himself with the Prisoners committed the Fact; that tho' Holland was not indeed present, yet he was on the other Side of the Way, to look out, and to be ready to come to their Assistance, if they should want any; that they parted the Money, and Holland had 5 s. and 3 d. of the Money, and himself 5 s. 3 d. and that Pepin had the like part.

Charles Barton depos'd, That he being at Justice Philips's upon another Account, was told by Harry Cox , that they had discover'd who the Fellows were that had robb'd Captain Griffith, that he went and inform'd Captain Griffith, and got him apprehended; and that when Captain Griffith came to him to inform him the Night he was robb'd, he being an Headborough, search'd several suspected Houses in order to apprehend the Prisoners; after a full hearing of the Matter, the Jury acquitted Pepin, and found John Smith and William Holland guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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