Robert Wheeler, Thomas Smith, John Williams, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 7th July 1697.

Reference Number: t16970707-9
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death
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Robert Wheeler , Thomas Smith , & John Williams , of the Parish of St. Pancrass , were indicted upon two Indictments, for robbing one William Hart on the High-way on the 25th of May last, and taking from him 12 d. in Money numbred ; the second for robbing Robert Webster , and taking from him 6 s. The Prosecutors declared that they were going to Hamstead on Whitsunday about 5 in the Morning, and that the Prisoners set upon them between Tottenham-Court and Hamstead ; Hart said that Wheeler was the man that set upon him, and took his Money from him; but Webster said, that as he was going through the Stile, one met him before, and the other behind, and laid hands upon him; withal he told them, that if they did not leave the Trade, it would bring them to the Gallows, and offered to give them 12 d. or 18 d. to drink, provided they would let him go; but withal they held his hands behind him, and took the Money out of his Hand; after they had done, they gave Hart 6 d. of his Money again, and Webster 12 d. to go through their Journey; and it happened that some Boys going on the other side of the Hedge, the Prosecutors offered them Money to pursue them, which they did, and when they came to Tottenham-Court, they parted; but being further pursued; they were all taken; the Prisoners had Curtlasses, Swords, and other Weapons, besides Cords, Perriwigs, and Marks; they all denied the Fact, but it was very plain against them; the Jury found them guilty of both Indictments.

[Death. See summary.]

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