Job Horniblew, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 24th October 1753.

Reference Number: t17531024-70
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

519. (M.) Job Horniblew , was indicted for that he, together with Dennis Neal , in a certain field, or open place, near the King's highway; on Joseph Rixton , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from him one steel tobacco-box, value 6 d. one clasp knife, one iron key, and 4 s. and 6 d. in money number'd , September 17 .

J. Rixton. I am a shoe-maker , and live in St. Paul's Church-yard; on the 17th of September, very near 8 o'clock, coming from the Boo, a little beyond the Foundling-Hospital, I had got almost to the end of the field ; I heard a ask what a clock it was, it was very, (I saw nobody then,) I said I could not tell, immediately a man came up and clapped a pistol to

my belly, and said, your money; I said you are welcome to have it: he took what I had, which was about four or five shillings, then he said, your watch; there were two other men with him, he ordered one of them to put his hand, into my left hand pocket, they were standing on that side me; I said, there is nothing but keys, they took them out, the man before me, said to the man, give them him again, which I thought they had done; but when I got home I missed one, they took out also a pair of spectacles, a penknife, and a tobacco-box; I could not see them, to discern who they were, they seem'd to be middle-siz'd men.

Joseph Randolph . The prisoner at the bar, Dennis Neal, and I -

Q. Where is Dennis Neal ?

Randolph. He is now confin'd in Winchester-Goal ; we were going towards the Foundling-hospital, Dennis said, if I like this man I'll stop him, he did, holding a pistol to him, the man was the prosecutor, he said, I must have your money, he took from him 5 s. and 6 d. and some half-pence, a tobacco-box, I took out some keys out of his left hand pocket, and delivered them to Neal, he gave the prosecutor them again; I took a penknife out of his right hand pocket, the prisoner stood close by with a pistol in his hand; Neal put the money in his pocket, and said, the tobacco-box would do instead of a pistol to put to peoples heads; then we went to Highgate, and spent some of the money.

William Norden . Last Friday was fortnight I had an information against Bowyer, for several robberies; we heard he used to lie in Chick-lane, we went and searched the house, and found the evidence and prisoner in bed together; we knew they had been guilty of many bad things, we saw a watch hanging by them, and there were boots and spurs; we turned the pillows over, and found two brace of pistols loaded in their pillowcases, then we searched further and found Bowyer ; we brought them all three to Clerkenwell-Bridewell, there Randolph wanted to be admitted an evidence; we took him to justice Fielding, who took his confession, this was the very first robbery he mentioned, I found the tobacco-box and penknife on Randolph; (produced in court, and the box deposed to by the prosecutor,) who said, one knife might be like another, and would not sware to that.

William Jones was with Norden in taking the prisoner, and he confirm'd his account.

Prisoner's Defence.

They found us in bed with these things about us, the evidence against us was in trouble last sessions.

Guilty Death .

See the prisoner an evidence last sessions, No. 396, and sessions before, 359, by the name of Joseph.


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