Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty > with recommendation
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 .
Q. Where were you coming from?
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?
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.
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.