William Yates, John Armstrong, Nathaniel Lampree, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 14th July 1731.

Reference Number: t17310714-56
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death

William Yates , alias Warrington , John Armstrong , and Nathaniel Lampree , were indicted, for that they together with Daniel Wiltshire , not yet taken, did assault Edward Allen on the Highway, the 26th of May last, putting him in Fear of his Life, and taking from him Goods, value 3 s. and 1 s. 9 d. in Money .

They were also indicted a second Time for assaulting John Sutton on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Gold Watch and three Guineas , the 26th of May last.

Edward Allen depos'd, That he being in a Coach over-against the Bull and Gate in Holbourn , several Persons attack'd the Coach, and took his Hat and Money, but he would not be positive as to the Prisoners being them.

Thomas Pace depos'd, That on the 26th of May, the Prisoners and Himself coming down St. Giles's, Jack Armstrong stopped the Coach, and Yates with a drawn Hanger went into the Coach, and demanded the Gentleman's Money, and himself went on the other Side of the Coach, and held his Hat, and the Gentleman gave him his Watch; that afterwards they went to the King's Arms in St. Giles's, and drank together, and then went over-against the Bull and Gate, and stopped another Coach, and he catching hold of the Prosecutor (Allen) first, Armstrong pulled away his Hat, which he was unwilling to part with; that they went about a 100 Yards farther, and stopped another Coach, and the Gentleman called out; that then they went to Hockley in the Hole, and stopped a Chaise, and took a Watch from a Gentleman, a Silver-hilted Sword, and some Money; and after that went to the Horse-shoe in Kingsland Road, and drank, that then the next Day William Yates and He went down to Chatham , and sold the Gold Watch that they had Robbed Mr. Sutton off, for a Silver Watch, a pair of Silver Buckles, and 12 s. in Money, and afterwards came to London again, and were taken.

Elizabeth Haynes depos'd, That the Prisoners and Evidence came to her House at the King's Arms the Corner of Lawrence-Lane, near St. Giles's Pound, that Night that William Bur roughs was taken up in the Morning for stopping a Coach, and had two Pots of Beer, and stay'd from Eight till Nine o'Clock, and about Twelve they all came back with Burroughs and the Evidence Pace and Westshire ,

and called for two Pots of Two-penny, and Pace would not drink Two-penny, but would have Ale, and they quarrelled about some Money, but she could not say what Money, the one saying there was more, and the other saying there was less; that they staid there about half an Hour, and would have had Punch, but it being late she refus'd to make them any, and Yates would have persuaded her that it was not Twelve o'Clock, and pulled out a small Gold Watch to convince her. She added, that Yates and Armstrong had drank at her House several times, but she had never seen Lampree before that Night, nor had ever seen Pace with them but that Night.

Henry Whetton depos'd, That on the 26th of May, as he was going Home, and being near King-street in Holbourn, he saw a Hackney Coach stopt, and he setting his Back against a Lamp-Post, the Prisoner Yates ran by with a Hanger in his Hand, and he caught hold of Burroughs, hearing an out cry of stop Thief by Mr. Allen and 'Squire Greenwood.

Henry Atkins depos'd, That he knows the Prisoners all by sight, he being Constable, and that Lampree owned he was with the Prisoners, and would have made a Confession, but that there was one who had been before him, owned, that they had Robbed a Man near St. Giles's Pound, and that he had the Hilt of a Sword that they had taken from a Gentleman at Hockley in the Hole, as part of his Share.

John Harrison depos'd, That he took up one Mr. Sutton near Tyburn Road, and was stopped by Armstrong a little beyond St. Giles's Pound, and ask'd him, who he had in his Coach? That he said, G - d D - n you, what do you want? That Armstrong reply 'd, G - d D - n your Eyes, stop, or I will shoot you through the Head, and that Yates and Pace got into the Coach, and the Gentleman told him afterwards, that they had Robbed him of a Gold Watch and three Guineas, that he was sure that Armstrong and Burroughs were there, he had known Armstrong for twelve Years, but he knew nothing of Lampree.

James Lewis depos'd, That when he had taken Lampree, and was carrying him before the Justice, he owned he was with Armstrong and the Rest, but only as a looker on .

Mr. Justice Giffard depos'd, That Lampree did own, that he had been forced or drawn into the Robberies by all the rest; that the first Robbery was upon General Sutton 's Son, that then they went to the King's-Arms , and afterwards committed the Robbery on Mr. Allen, at the Bull and Gate, got into a Gentleman's Coach ( 'Squire Greenwood's) and afterwards robb'd a Gentleman at Hockley in the Hole.

Samuel Baker depos'd, That he keeping a Goldsmith's Shop at Chatham , Yates came to him on the 28th of May, and brought a small Gold-Watch, and said, he would change it for a Silver one, he being going to Sea, it was too fine for him, and he did give him for it, a Silver-Watch, a Silver Pair of Buckles, and 12 s. in Money, and they went and drunk a Pint of Wine together, and that about 5 o'Clock he came again, and would have had him taken the Silver-Watch again, saying, it did not go well, but he refus'd to do so; that as they were drinking, he saw the Evidence Yates lurking about near the Place, and Smoaking a Pipe of Tobacco, and afterwards they went both together towards Robester ; that afterwards Mr. John Sutton came, and claimed the Watch, and took it away; and that on the 24th of June, Warrington came to him, and said, he had not us'd him well, the Watch did not go to his Mind, and at that time he caused him to be apprehended.

The Prisoner Yates call'd the following Witnesses .

Sarah Hanson depos'd, That the Evidence Pace proffer'd to give her 5 s. to pawn the Watch taken from Mr. Sutton for 6 Guineas.

Sarah Brazier depos'd, That Warrington gave 5 Guineas to Pace for the Watch, in Bridewel .

Mary Yates , Yate's Mother, depos'd, That she met her Son and the Evidence in Leather-Lane , and Pace offer'd it to be pawn'd to Sally the Cork-Cutter in May last.

The Prisoners each call'd several Persons to their Reputation; and Lampree had so good a Character given him, that it is very probable that he was drawn in by the rest of the Prisoners, and commenc'd Robber but

that very Night; but the Facts being plainly prov'd, the Jury found them all three Guilty of both Indictments. Death .


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