Ralph Holbrook, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 27th February 1734.

Reference Number: t17340227-33
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

37. Ralph Holbrook , otherwise Post-boy , was indicted for assaulting George Read , in an open Field near the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Cap, a Handkerchief, a Cloth-coat, a Dimity Waist-coat, a pair of Shoes, and a pair of Buckles , Nov.15 .

George Read , About 11 at Night I met one Michael Abbot , in Thames-street; He was a Stranger to me. He asked me which way I was going? I said to Stepney. He said he should be glad of my Company, for he was going the same way. We had not gone far together, when the Prisoner took hold of my Arm, and ask'd me the same Question, I answer'd as before, and he made the same Reply, as the other. They led me to the Field, in the Parish of St. George in the East , and then the Prisoner damn'd me, and bid me deliver my Money; I told him I had none. And then he bid me strip; But I not pulling off my Clothes so soon as he expected, he cut me twice across this Hand with a Knife, - here are the Marks plain enough to be seen - then he took my Cap, Handkerchief, Coat, Waist-coat, Shoes, and Buckles, and order'd me to lie in the Ditch, which I did. Now, you Son of a Bitch, says he, If I was in your Hands, as you are in mine, you'd murder me - No; says I, my dear, I would not hurt a hair of your Head. He took me several times by the Throat, and I believe would have kill'd me, if Abbot had not prevented him. Then he order'd Abbot to bind me Hand and Foot, and so they left me, between 12 and 1 in the Morning. But my Shoes being off I got loose and call'd upon the Beadle, and so went home, for I was but about half a Mile from my own House when they robb'd me.

Margaret Read . My son came home about 2 in the Morning, he was all Blood with two large Wounds on the Back of his Hand.

Mrs. Emm Hooker . I bought this Coat of the Prisoner.

Prosecutor. This is my Coat the Prisoner took from me.

Edward Lawrence . The Prisoners were bragging of this Robbery at a Gin-shop, and so I took Abbot up.

Michael Abbot . We met the Prosecutor in Thames-street, and ask'd him, which way he was going? He said to Shadwell; we said we were going to Stepney, and would see him over the Fields - In the Fields the Prisoner made him strip, and (while he was pulling off his Waist-coat) cut him across the Hand. The Prisoner afterwards collar'd him, threw him in a Ditch, and threatned to cut my Throat if I did not bind him. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .

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