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405, 406. + Luke Ryley , and John MackEvoy , of St. George Hanover-Square , were indicted for assaulting Joseph Hazard , in a certain field or open place near the King's highway, putting him in fear, &c. and taking from him a fustian frock with twelve silver buttons, value 20 s. a watch, value 40 s. and 3 s. in money , the property of the said Joseph Hazard , August 28 .

Joseph Hazard . On the 28th of August as I was going over the five fields to Chelsea , two men

came up to me with pistols in their hands, one presented one of them on one side of my head, and the other presented the other pistol on the other side. - They held them I believe about two inches from my head, one of them had a hanger drawn: I can't tell whether both of them had; one of them said either your money or your watch immediately, but I can't tell which. I said, gentlemen, I will give you my money directly, and I gave them 3 s. or 3 s. 6 d. in silver; then they asked me for my watch and my gold. I told them I had no watch, for I had put it into my coat pocket; they said they must search me: one of them put his hand into my breeches pocket, and took out a 36 s. piece with some keys. I asked them for the keys, and they returned them; they searched my coat on each side and felt nothing; then they insisted upon having the coat, and they took it from me with my watch in one of the pockets, and went away directly.

Q. Was there any other man with them?

Hazard. I saw but two of them: I met a single person before, but he did not say any thing to me. I saw my watch and my buttons at Justice Fraser's. This is my watch and these are my buttons.

Q. Do you know the Prisoners faces?

Hazard. I don't know their faces, their hats were quite flapped over them; it was very dark, they were much about the same size as the Prisoners.

Patrick Askin called.

Q. Do you know of any robbery that you committed on the 28th of August.

Askin. I know of a robbery about that time, but I can't tell the day - It was on a Monday or a Tuesday: Luke Ryley , John MackEvoy , and I, set out from the Two Chairman in Drury-Lane in order to rob: we went Chelsea way. I was coming towards London between 8 and 9 at night, a good way before them, to see if there was any watch upon the road. I saw a man coming, and turned back and met Luke Ryley and John MackEvoy in the second field; they told me they had robbed a man of his watch, a coat, hat and wig, and blamed me because I did not give them notice of the man as he came by me - It was a fustian frock about my size with silver buttons.

Ryley. Ask the Prosecutor whether he lost a hat and wig?

Hazard. No, I did not.

Q. What makes you say that they told you they robbed him of a hat and wig?

Askin. We had so many hats and wigs that I might make a mistake - They said they robbed him of a 36 s. piece - We took a watch from a coachman one Strutton, and then divided the booty.

Q. Who had Hazard's watch!

Askin. John MackEvoy had the watch and buttons, Ryley had the Portugal piece of gold. - MackEvoy bought the buttons for 16 s and I bought the coat for 8 s. the money was divided between us.

Ryley. You said just now we robbed the man of his hat and wig, were there any other robberies that we committed that night?

Askin. We stopped another man on horseback that night and fired at him, but did not rob him. - We gave a coat and a snuff box to Ryley's man.

Q. Did he keep a man?

Askin. Yes, I forget his name, he was his servant, he brought him from Ireland.

John Thomas . There were several watches taken out of this box, but I don't know whether this watch was - Mr. Hazard's watch.

Mr. Burchall gave evidence as on the former trials, that MackEvoy brought this box to his house, and that he saw Mr. Hazard's watch and buttons taken out of it at the Justice's.

John Thomas . I had this key of Captain Dodd , and this is the key that belongs to the box.

John Dell . These keys [there were three keys produced] I took out of Ryley's breeches pocket while he was in bed - This is the key that opened the box, the buttons were taken out of.

Ryley. What do you know it by?

Dell. I know it by a dent in it.

Ryley. How do you know the breeches you took the keys out of, were my breeches?

Dell. Because you owned the breeches, MackEvoy's breeches were leather.

Ryley. I asked you for a mark upon the keys, and you will not tell me any.

MackEvoy. Gentlemen of the Jury, please to hear me; that key is mine and I can give the description of it before I see it: was there a string to it or no?

Dell. Two of them were tied together with a reddish string, but the other bright key that opened the box had no string. Guilty Death .

The following bills of indictment were found against the Prisoners, but they were not tried upon any of them.

+ Luke Ayley , and John MackEvoy , of St. Mary Islington , were indicted for assaulting William Cowland on the highway, and taking from him 18 s. in money his property , September 3 .

+ Luke Ryley , and John MackEvoy , were

indicted for assaulting Abraham Carter on the highway, and taking from him a perriwig, value 8 s. a cloth coat, 5 s. a waistcoat, 2 s. 6 d. and 20 s. in money his property, and a silver watch, 30 s. the goods of Charles Moulder , September 3.

+ Luke Ryley , and John MackEvoy , were indicted for assaulting Joshua Pickersgill on the highway, and taking from him a whip, value 5 s. and a pair of silver knee buckles, his property , September 3 .

+ Luke Ryley , and John MackEvoy , were indicted for assaulting Henry Gretton on the highway, and taking from him a coat, value 15 s. a waistcoat, 5 s. a cane, 10 s. and 6 s. in money his property , September 3.

+ Luke Ryley , and John MackEvoy , of St. Mary Islington, were indicted for assaulting James Francis Dewitt , in a field or open place near the King's highway, and taking from him a pair of silver shoe buckles, value 20 s. a pair of silver knee buckles, 3 s. a perriwig, 20 s. a ring, 20 s. and other things, four guineas, and 15 s. in money, his property , September 3.

+ Luke Gyley , and John MackEvoy , of St. Mary Islington, were indicted for assaulting James Malo , in a field or open place near the King's highway, and taking from him a silver snuff box, value 30 s. a silver watch and chain, 40 s. a pair of silver shoe buckles, 10 s. a pair of silver knee buckles, 5 s. a silver stock buckle, 3 s. a coat, a hat, and a bond from Francis Carrington , in the penalty of 150 l. for the payment of 75 l. on a future day, and 16 s. in money his property , September 3.

+ Luke Gyley , and John MackEvoy , were indicted for assaulting John Brewer in a field or open place near the King's highway, and taking from him a snuff box, value 6 d. and 24 s. 6 d. in money his property , September 3.

+ Luke Ryley , and John MackEvoy , of Pancras , were (a 10th time) indicted for assaulting William Cole , in a field or open place near the King's highway, and taking from him a hat, value 1 s. a perriwig, 1 s. a cloth coat, 20 s. a stock, 1 s. and a pair of chrystal buttons, 2 s. his property , September 5 .

+ John MackEvoy , of St. John Hackney, (with Christopher Askin not taken) was indicted for assaulting George Heathcote , Esq ; on the highway, and taking from him a gold watch with a gold chain and two seals, value 20 l. a snuff box, 5 s. a sword, 3 s. a hat, 10 s. a pair of buttons, &c. two guineas and 2 s. in money , August 15 .

+ John MackEvoy (with Christopher Askin not taken) was indicted for assaulting Jonathan Trevethan on the highway, and taking from him a silver watch, value 4 l. and 3 s. in money , Aug 15.

+ John MackEvoy , of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicted (with Christopher Askin not taken) for assaulting John Hannam , in a field or open place near the King's highway, and taking from him a silver watch, value 40 s. and six shillings in money his property , August 4 .

+ John MackEvoy (with Christopher Askin not taken) was indicted for assaulting Erasmus Watkins in a field or open place near the King's highway, and taking from him a watch, value 40 s a hat, a perriwig, and 14 s. 6 d. in money his property , August 4 .

+ John MackEvoy , was indicted for assaulting William Strutton , in a field or open place near the King's highway, and taking from him a silver watch, value 3 l. and 9 s. in money his property , August 30 .


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