Thomas Atkins, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 7th September 1748.

Reference Number: t17480907-19
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty > with recommendation
Punishments: Death

403 + Thomas Atkins , was indicted for assaulting Jacob Salvador on the King's high-way, in the parish of Islington , putting him in fear, and taking from him a silver watch value 5 l. a silver watchchain value 5 s. a seal, one guinea, two half guineas and two shillings, the property of the said Jacob Salvador , August 22d .

Jacob Salvador . On the 22d of August, about eleven o'clock in the morning, in a lane near Islington the prisoner robbed me.

Q. Where were you coming from?

Salvador. I was coming from Highgate to London , in Mr Decosta's chariot.

Q. Did you meet the prisoner?

Salvador. We did not meet him, but he came after us.

[The prisoner desired to plead, guilty and said he would not give the court any farther trouble, but was advised to the contrary.]

Q. to Mr. Salvador. What did he rob you of?

Salvador. A Silver watch, a chain, a seal and two guineas.

Q. Did he rob Mr. Decosta of any thing?

Salvador. Yes.

Q. How did he behave?

Salvador. He behaved civilly; he shewed us his pistols.

Q. Did you take him immediately?

Salvador. He was taken in about a quarter of an hour, or half an hour afterwards, going up Highgate Hill. I am informed that he came of very honest parents.

Moses Mendez Decosta . I was coming from Highgate in my father's chariot with Mr. Salvador, in order to come to London.

Q. What time of the day was it?

Decosta. It was about half an hour after ten when we set out; we were about a hundred yards in the Back Lane when he demanded our money, and we delivered it to him. His hand trembled exceedingly, and I believe it to be the very first fact.

Q. Do you believe it to be the first fact ?

Decosta . I have enquired about it, and I don't believe he was ever guilty of any such thing before; his father is a very honest Man, and the prisoner is but 19 years of age.

Guilty Death .The prisoner was recommended to the court for mercy by the prosecutor and the jury .

He was also indicted for assaulting Moses Mendez Decosta on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a gold watch value 20 l. a gold ring, a silk purse, a guinea and 4 s. his property , August 22d . but was not tried upon this indictment.


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