John Groves, Catherine Field, Violent Theft > robbery, 25th April 1750.

Reference Number: t17500425-38
Offence: Violent Theft > robbery
Verdict: Guilty; Not Guilty
Punishment: Death

336, 337. John Groves , and Catherine Field , were indicted for robbing Hannah, wife of Thomas Jones , in St James's Park , of one cloath cloak, val. 5 s. one holland apron, val. 5 s. one silk handkerchief, val 2 s. the goods of the said Thomas, against the will of the said Hannah, from her person, &c . March 22 .

Hannah Jones . I live servant in St. James's street. I went to see my husband, Serjeant Jones, on the 22d of March, and coming back, just over-against the Prince of Wales's summer-house, by the side of the Mall, I saw four people in disguise, (the prisoner Field in man's apparel.) Groves took hold of me, and asked if I wanted company; I said good company is what I like very well, but I rather chuse to walk by myself. He went along with me twenty yards. Another man in regimentals came up and said, D - n the bitch, has not she delivered; he struck me, and made my nose bleed; the other held me up, and struck me. One behind me cut my apron, and it went from me. I said I see you are soldiers disguised, I hope you'll have mercy on me, I am a serjeant's wife belonging to your regiment. Catherine Field then said, D - n the bitch, kill her. He took my cloak and handkerchief from my neck, and swore he'd kill me, if I made a noise. I did not know any of them before they left me on the ground, and some persons came to my relief. A woman helped me up; she said she knew them, and told me who they were. The Centinels said, they heard me scream out, but they thought they had been whores in the park. John Groves was taken that night, with my cloak under his arm, and some of my blood on his Coat. I knew his voice very well; he confessed the names of the others before the Justice who committed them. I saw by their pockets they belong'd to the 2d Regiment.

John Acton , the Constable, at whose house Hannah Jones 's husband the Serjeant lives, deposed to the taking Groves with the Cloak upon him.

Thomas Field , a Drummer, deposed, that Groves owned the fact, and the names of all the others not taken, before they went to the Justice.

Groves guilty , Death .

Catherine Field , Acq .


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