Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
231. (M.) Nicholas Lawrence , was indicted for that he on the kings highway, on John Field , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, 3 s. 10 d. in money, from his person, and against his will, did steal, take, &c . April 13 . ||
John Field . I live in the parish of Enfield, I am servant with Mr. Fipps ; I was coming to London, with a drove of sheep, last Saturday was a fortnight, about twelve at night ; the prisoner at the bar, came up to me, and laid hold on my horse's head, and asked me for my money; I think he had a sort of a hanger in his hand: it was some sharp thing; the moon shone very bright, so that I am sure it was the prisoner; he had a little cropt hat on.
Q. Had you ever seen him before?
Field. I had at Edmonton, I think some time last summer; I gave him my money, which was 3 s. 10 d.
Q. Did he strike at you?
Field. No, he did not, I was much afrighted ; about ten minutes after I was robbed; I met Joseph
Q. Was any body with you then?
Q. Did the prisoner say any thing for himself?
Field. He denied it.
John King . I met John Field , in Duck lane, on the 13th of April; being a Saturday night, between 12 and 1 o'clock; Field said brother I would have you take care if you have any money about you; for I have just been robbed; my master got off the cart, and went over the hedge, because he had a great deal of money in his pocket.
Q. What is your master's name?
I went down to St. Alban's on the 11th of April, after a woman that travels with goods, the people apprehended me before I could find her.
Guilty , Death .
There was another indictment against him, for robbing King of 2 s 4 d. but he was not tried upon that.