John Armstrong, John Drinkwater, Bernard Fink, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 14th July 1731.

Reference Number: t17310714-55
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty; Not Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Armstrong , John Drinkwater , and Bernard Fink , of St. Giles's in the Fields , were indicted for assaulting Amy, Wife of John Rich , on the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Gold Ring set with a Green Stone, value 10 s. a Nutmeg-grater made of Silver, value 6 s. a Silver Thimble gift, and a Purse, value 2 s. the 27th of May last.

Amy Rich depos'd, That as she was going with three other Gentlewomen in a Coach in Holbourn , between Dirty-Lane and Southampton-Street , about 12 or 1 o'Clock in the Morning, the Coach was stopped by several Men, she believed there was 4 or 5 of them, one of them came into the Coach, and demanded in a very scurrilous manner their Money, Rings, and Watches, that she delivered the Things mentioned in the Indictment, but could not Swear to any of their Faces.

Stephen Partridge depos'd, That the three Prisoners were with him at the Commission of this Robbery, that Drinkwater stopped the Coach, and Bernard Fink went into the Coach, and he himself went on the other Side of the Coach and demanded their Money, and the Prosecutor gave him the Things mentioned in the Indictment, and he gave the Ring to Armstrong, that Himself and Drinkwater had the Purse, and Armstrong and Fink had the Ring between them.

Thomas Winnet depos'd, That Partridge and Drinkwater came to his Shop on the 30th or 31st of May last, and having drank to the value of 1 s. 9 d. saying, they had no Money, and left the Nutmeg-grater with him for the Reckoning, and a Shilling which they borrowed.

Henry Payton depos'd, That he had the Green Ring from Bernard Fink after he was in Custody upon Partridge's Information; that Fink told him he was afraid he should suffer, and desired he might be admitted as an Evidence, but he told him he was too late, there having been one admitted before. That Fink did own he was in this Robbery, and also that he had been an Evidence before.

Armstrong and Drinkwater call'd several Persons to their Character; but the Fact being fully proved against Drinkwater and Fink, the Jury found them both Guilty of the Indictment. Death . But the Evidence against Armstrong not being sufficient, the Jury acquitted him.


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