Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Patrick Hailey . I am an Irishman ; I met the prisoner about a mile and half on this side Hampstead about the hour of seven at night on the 10th of October; he came within a small distance of me, I turned about in a fright and asked who that was; said he, it seems you are in a fright; no, said I, I am glad of company; he walked along with me about a mile, then I walked a little faster; when I came near the town, he came up to me and knocked me down with this stick (holding the short end of a broomstick in his hand.)
Q. Where was you when he knocked you down?
Hailey. Near the Foundling-Hospital ; what money I had about me was in my waistcoat pocket; I got him by the legs, and over-powered him ; I took the stick from his hand and gave him some blows; he made haste away; I pursued him, and cried murder ; I seized him the second time; I took the handkerchief which I had about my neck and clapped it about his neck, and cried murder a second time; seeing no assistance I thought to drag him into town, crying out murder at the same time; then he said if I would let him get up he would walk along with me; he put his hand into his pocket, I thought he was looking for a knife, so I took hold of both his hands, and with my other hand took him by the neck and brought him into town. He acknowledged before I brought him to town that he designed to take my money, being drove to necessity, and wanting subsistence. My hat, wig, weights and scales which I had on my head, together with his hat and wig, were found at the place where he knocked me down.
In the first place he says he met me; I overtook the man, he asked me if that was the way to town; I said yes; he went one way and I another; I had walked with him the value of a mile; he made a brush against me, upon which I struck him; then he cried out murder, and said he would swear a robbery against me. I never offered to take any thing from him.