Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 01 October 2014), January 1738, trial of John Margets William Ifield (t17380113-11).

John Margets, William Ifield, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Theft > burglary, 13th January 1738.

13, 14. John Margets and William Ifield , were indicted for assaulting Isabel Coates , in the King's Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Hoop-Petticoat, value 2 s. 6 d. December the 27th .

Isabel Coates. The 27th of December I was going from Golden-Lane to Islington , between 2 and 3 in the Morning, and I met the Prisoners at the Bar; one of them laid hold of the Hoop I had in my Hand, and told me I had stole it; I thought they would murder me, so I cry'd out, but Margets held my Head in his Bosom to prevent the Noise; then they threw me down in the Kennel and ran away, I ran after them, and Margets seeing me pursue them, came back and pretended to assist me, and I gave him good Words to get him to the Watch-house; by these good Words I got him near the Watch-house, then I collar'd him, and called a Watchman to take Charge of him, for he was the Fellow that held me while the others robbed me. This was a little Way from the Watch-house in Brick-Lane. Margets at first denied the Fact, but he afterwards confessed it, and he owned it likewise before the Justice. I am very positive to them both.

Mr. Justice Wroth. Ifield sent me a Letter, and begged he might come and make his Information before me. While he was in Goal, the other Prisoner Margets (who was likewise taken) desired he might make his Information too.

Middlesex, to wit. The Examination of William Ifield , &c.

Who says, '' That on Tuesday Morning, the '' 27th of December, between 2 and 3 o'Clock, '' he, with John Margets , and one Barnet, stopp'd '' a Woman in Brick-Lane, and took from her a '' Hoop-Petticoat, which she had under her '' Arm, &c. - Dated Jan. 3.

The rest of the Information related to other Facts.

Middlesex, to wit. The Examination of John Margets , &c.

Who says, '' That about 2 or 3 o'Clock on '' Tuesday, the 27th of December, he, with William. '' Ifield, and a Person whose Name is unknown '' to this Deponent, stopped a Woman in '' Brick-Lane, and robbed her of a Hoop Coat, '' which she had under her Arm.

Mr. Justice Wroth. They were both brought before me at the same Time, but I examin'd them separately.

Samuel Puden . I heard the Prisoners confess this Fact before the Justice.

John Pyke . Margets was brought into the Watch-house the 27th of December, and he deny'd this Robbery; but as we were carrying him to New-Prison, he said if I would let him go, he would help the Woman to her Hoop again.

Margets. I took the Woman's Part, and came with her to the Watch-house; when we came there, she charged me with the Robbery. I was playing with some Bottles when the Woman was robbed. I never touch'd her

Ifield. He and I had been drinking, and we went out together. It was Barnet robbed the Woman. Guilty . Death .

They were a second Time indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-House of Samuel Puden , about 2 in the Night, and stealing three Holland Shirts, value 12 s. four Shirts, value 10 s. two Aprons, value 2 s. a Diaper Clout, value 6 d. a Linnen Handkerchief, value 6 d and a Loyn of Veal, and other Things . Dec. 24 .

Samuel Puden. Between 2 and 3 in the Morning of Christmas-Day, my House was broke open, the Pin of the Window was pulled out, and the window-Shutter was taken down. The 2 Prisoners both owned the Fact, and signed their Confessions. I can't swear to the Prisoners, but I lost all the Things mentioned in the Indictment, and I heard them confess they broke into my House and stole them.

Mr. Justice Wroth proved the Confessions, and deposed, that two Prisoners signed them at their own Desires.

Their Confessions were read in Court, and the Prisoners having nothing to say in their Defence, the Jury found them Guilty . Death .