Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
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424, 425. Samuel Cook and James Tyler , were indicted, for that they, in a certain field or open place near the king's highway, on John Darnell did make an assault, puting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his perosn five shillings in money, numbered , the money of the said John, June 14 .
John Darnel . On the 14th of June, just as Hackney church clock struck five in the morning, I was between Dalston and Hackney; Tyler came up first and bid me stand, I told him I had no money; he put his hand in my pocket and took out five shillings and two keys; they divided the money before my face and gave me back my keys and six pence to drink their healths; the other prisoner stood by; they said they had fire-arms, and that if I offered to make any resistance they would blow my brains out. Tyler had a hanger in his hand with a brass-handle. He then had a white frock on. Cook was in a sailor's habit, and a green apron on.
Q. Was you alone ?
Darnell. Yes, my lord, I was; I was going to a farm which I occupy. They were taken the Monday following. I was sent for to Hackney-cage to see them. They were had before the Justice, and examined about stealing a shirt. After his worship had done, I said to him, this Tyler is the very man who robbed me; and he cried terribly.
Tyler's Defence. I never saw the prosecutor with my eyes, till I saw him before the justice.
Cook's Defence. I was coming from Hackney, and a woman charged me with stealing a shirt. This old man came and shook hands with us, and said I know nothing of you; and after that he swore wrongfully as the child unborn.
Both guilty Death .