Russel Parnell, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 4th December 1751.

Reference Number: t17511204-4
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

4. (M.) Russel Parnell , was indicted for putting Joseph Charles Lyre in bodily fear, and robbing him on the King's highway of a Pinchbeck metal watch, value 15 s. one pocket piece, one guinea, and sixteen shillings in money number'd , Oct. 6 . +.

Joseph Charles Lyre . I live in Lamport-street, Goodmans-fields , I have known the prisoner some time, on the 6th of October I was drinking at the White Bear next door to my house, there were the prisoner and George Hall the evidence drinking there, together with one Roberson and two women. I went home a little while, and came in again, having pull'd off my hat and wig, and put on a cap. After which the prisoner and Hall went out. I had pull'd out my pocket-piece and believe they had seen it. I went out again about five or six minutes after them. Going into my own door they stopped me. George Hall put his hand to my eyes and mouth, and swore they would blow my brains out if I resisted. The prisoner took my watch and money out of my pocket. There was a guinea and six shillings in silver, some half pence, and a silver pocket piece. This was about half an hour after ten o'clock, I never saw Hall before that time, I saw them by a lamp at my own door, as they ran away.

George Hall. The prisoner and I lived in the Back-lane, Cable-street in one house, he gave me liquor, and perswaded me to go. I went, we John Roberson at the White Bear. We saw the prosecutor sitting there by the fire. He pull'd his watch out to wind it up. In pulling out his money he took out this pocket-piece, and throw'd it down. I said to the prisoner, that gentleman will do for us ; he went out of the house, we watch'd him, he came in again with his cap on, then we came in again, and had another pot of beer. We went out and parted with Roberson. The prosecutor came out, we ran over to him, I put my hands round his neck and said if he stirred we would blow his brains out; the prisoner stood right before him, he felt in one pocket and said there was no money in it, then he put his hand into another, and took out a guinea and a pocket-piece. We went away and went round Stepney-fields, then to a house in Whitechapel. there we heard people were after us. Knowing him we were willing to keep out of the way. The next day we went to Stratford. There we heard more of it, that they were after us. Then we sent for one Dick Morris to buy the watch, it was in a single case, we sold it to Minions a Jew for a guinea. We shared the money. We were taken in bed together with my wife and his company-keeper. We were carried before Sir Samuel Gore . I was willing to make a discovery of all, so I made my information full against him and other persons.

Q. How long had you been acquainted?

Hall. About four or five months.

James Roberson . Some time about the sixth of October, the prisoner and this Hall, were together with I and two women, at the White Bear. We drank three full pots of beer. I staid till ten o'clock and left them at the door. The prosecutor lives next door to this alehouse.

[The pocket-piece which was taken out of the prisoner's pocket produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

Prisoner. I leave it to the mercy of the court.

To his Character.

Ann Simpson . The prisoner lived with my husband about eight years, and behaved very honestly.

Mary Gough . I have known him twenty years, he is very industrious, and bears a very good character.

- Stevenson. I have known him about three years, I never knew any thing dishonest in him.

Elizabeth Pettey . I have known him from a year old, he was always very honest.

Guilty Death .

*** See No. 374 in F. Cokayne's Mayoralty.


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