Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 21 December 2014), February 1717, trial of John Keys (t17170227-19).

John Keys, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 27th February 1717.

John Keys , of London, was indicted for Assaulting Frances Murray on the Highway, and taking from her a Ticking Pocket, value 6d.6 Ounces of Silk, value 7s. a Guinea, and 17s. in Mony , the Property of Stephen Murray , the 5th of February last. Mrs. Murray depos'd, That having been out to buy some Goods, and going along the Minories about 7a Clock in the Evening, she perceived the Prisoner follow'd her, and another at some distance from him, and she being afraid of him, she was just stopping into a Shop when the Prisoner came behind her, tripped her up, and pulled off her Pocket and ran away; upon which she cry'd out. Another, a Woman that was with her, depos'd, That she immediately turn'd back and saw the Prisoner running cross the Way. Another Person depos'd, That going along in the Interim , and hearing the Prosecutor cry Stop Thief! he saw the Prisoner and another run from the Prosecutor, he follow'd him and took him; and that he offer'd to give him a Guinea; and in a little time he would satisfy for the whole that was lost, provided they would discharge him. This was confirm'd by another Evidence who was present. The Prisoner had nothing to alledge in his Defence, but that he passing along the Street, heard a Cry of Stop Thief! and going to assist in the Apprehension, was apprehended himself, and the Mob raised about him. But this did not avail, but the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]