Richard Quail, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 4th December 1740.

Reference Number: t17401204-13
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

19. Richard Quail , of St. Clement Danes , was indicted for assaulting John Glass . the Younger, on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a Linnen Shirt, value 1 s. a Muslin Stock, value 4 d. a Linnen Handkerchief, value 1 s. the Goods of James Fusan ; a Cloth Coat, value 2 s. a pair of Breeches, val. 1 s. and a Linnen Handkerchief, value 2 d. the Goods of John Glass , October 18 .

John Glass . On the 18th of October, about seven o'Clock at Night, the Prisoner met me on the other Side of Temple-Bar, and asked me the Way to Leicester-Fields. I had two Bundles with me, one on my Hand, and the other hanging on my Shoulder; he had several Times ask'd me to let him carry them; but I refus'd; upon which, when we were come to the Back of St. Clement's Church , he knock'd me down with his Fist, and took the Things from me A Coachman happening to see this, cry'd out, Stop Thief, and a Gentleman pursued, and took the Prisoner. He was brought back to me, to a Colour-Shop by the Church, and I said, if it was the same Man, he had a Ring on his Finger; but I suppose he had conceal'd that. I am positive the Prisoner is the Man, for I saw the Ring on his Finger, and I look'd up in his Face several Times as we were going along together.

- Proctor. I was returning from Goodman's-Fields on the 18th of October, about 5 at Night, and just by St. Clement's Church, I heard a Boy scream out; and I saw the Prisoner run a-cross the Way, and drop this Bundle. I never lost Sight of him, but pursued and took him to the Shop where the Boy was; and before I got with him to the Door, the Boy said, if he is the same Man, he has a Ring on his Finger; he knew him to be the very Person; and when we were before the Justice, the Ring was found in his Pocket under some Half-pence. The Prisoner own'd the Ring to be his, and said that he found it. There was a Lamp not 3 yards from the Place where I saw him drop the Bundle.

Glass. This is the Bundle which was taken from me.

James Fusan . The Shirt, Handkerchief, and Stock belong to me; the other Things I gave to the Boy.

Mr. Brogdon. The little Boy has told the same Story exactly now, as when before the Justice, and has not varied one Word.

Prisoner. I was going through the Strand, there was a great Crowd running, I ran to see what was the Matter, and a Man laid hold of me in the Croud. I am entirely Innocent indeed. Guilty , Death .


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