John Parry, Violent Theft > robbery, 24th April 1754.

Reference Number: t17540424-52
Offence: Violent Theft > robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

290. (M.) John Parry was indicted for that he on Ambrose Dawson , Esq; Dr. in physic did make an assault putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from him one gold watch, val. nine guineas, and two guineas in money , the goods and money of the said Ambrose Dawson , March 27 .*

Ambrose Dawson. On the 27th of March, between seven and eight at night, my chariot was stopped as I was near my Lord Bath's in Piccadilly , it moved on, and then stopped again; on hearing a noise in the street I imagined there might be another coach before mine; soon after I perceived a man on horseback at my chariot door, and heard words which seemed to be directed to me; I thought it was let down your glass: I let it down, and then I saw a man with a pistol in his hand; I think I said, what would you have, sir? he said, your money, sir; I gave him two guineas into his hand, he then asked for my watch, which I gave him.

Q. What sort of a watch was it?

Dawson. It was a plain gold watch with a seal set in gold; then he rode off.

Q. Have you any thing in particular against the prisoner?

Dawson. No, the prisoner is much about the size of him, but I cannot say he is the man, from what I saw of him, for it was pretty dark; but he was taken up on the Saturday following and owned he had pawned my watch to Mr. Scriven, who is here.

Gilbert Scriven . I am a pawnbroker; on Wednesday the 27th of March, a little before nine at night the prisoner at the bar brought this gold watch to my house, he asked me ten guineas on it, I looked on it and said if nine guineas would do, he should have it, I gave it him, and he gave me a bit of a bill, as is usual, he wrote his name in it, G. Thompson, nine guineas, 27 March, a gold watch.

William Norden . I took the prisoner in Brook-street on Saturday night the 30th of March about ten o'clock; there were five or six of us after him: as he was riding in the street I took hold of his bridle, and we soon unhorsed him; we took him before justice Fielding, there he confessed several robberies, and this was one of them; one he said was in Picadilly, another at the upper end of Swallow-street, another in Wych-street, and that one of the watches he had pawned in the name of Thompson with Mr. Scriven, and gave us it in writing; we went to the gentleman in that name and he went up stairs and fetched it.

Prisoner. As these people have sworn so positive to me I can say but little.

Guilty Death .

There were three other indictments against him for highway robberies.


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