GEORGE LOVELL, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 15th July 1772.

Reference Number: t17720715-39
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

554. (M.) GEORGE LOVELL was indicted for that he, in a certain field and open place, near the king's highway, on Jeremiah Godwin , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person four half guineas, two quarter guineas, one nine shilling piece, a six and nine pence, and one shilling in money, numbered, the property of the said Jeremiah , June 7th . *

Jeremiah Godwin . I am a collar-maker in Oxford Road. On Whitsunday I went to dinner with my brother at Paddington; I returned between nine and ten o'clock in the evening; Elizabeth Hull was in company with me; the prisoner and another man met us in Marybone Field ; it was about dusk; they passed by, and then turned about and followed us; then the prisoner laid hold of my left shoulder, and presented a pistol; the other laid hold of Mrs. Hull; the prisoner said, your money! your money! or you are a dead man; he demanded it half a dozen times, but did not use me ill; I gave him four guineas, a six-and-nine-pence, a nine shilling piece, two quarter guineas, and one shilling in silver; he asked if that was all; he said, give me all or you are a dead man. It was in the first field going to Marybone.

Q. Are you sure the prisoner is the man?

Godwin. I am sure; he felt in my pockets, and when he had got all the money, he called to the other man, saying, let go the lady; he did, and they went off. The next day I gave the description of the person, and on Wednesday saw him at Sir John Fielding 's and swore

positively to him, and I am now positive he is the man.

Q. from the prisoner. Am I the man that took the money out of your pocket?

Godwin. I gave it you.

Elizabeth Hull . I was with Mr. Godwin, coming from his brother's, on Whitsunday evening; his brother lives at Paddington.

Q. You have heard the account of the attack, how many attacked you?

Hull. Two; one attacked me, the other him.

Q. Do you know either of their persons?

Hull. Yes; the prisoner to the best of my knowledge.

Q. Should you know the other man?

Hull. I was in a fright, I don't know; the prisoner appears to be the man that attacked Mr. Godwin.

Q. Do you recollect the other man's dress?

Hull. He had a surtout coat on, buttoned up, and was taller than the prisoner.

Q. How was the prisoner dressed?

Hull. Not as he is now; he was dressed in a dark coat buttoned up.

Q. from the prisoner. Did you see me rob Godwin?

Hull. He gave him the money.

Q. Is the prisoner the man that he gave the money to?

Hull. To the best of my knowledge he had a very swarthy face.

Q. to Godwin. Are you positive to the prisoner being the man?

Godwin. I am very clear he is: I was not in any fright.

Prisoner's Defence.

My Lord, they have sworn very falsely.

Guilty . Death .


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