Thomas Currier.
6th September 1716
Reference Numbert17160906-40
VerdictNot Guilty

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Thomas Currier , of the Parish of East Bedford , was indicted for Assaulting Mary the Wife of John Morton , on the King's Highway, and robbing her of 1s.4 d. on the 16th of July last. The Prisoner it appear'd by the Evidence was a sort of a Wild Man, who haunted the Bushes and wild Places about Kingston with a Club as big as the Bar of a Field-Gate; and as Mrs. Morton was coming from Kingston Market, he met her, and took hold of her Mare's Bridle with one Hand, and with the other holding up his Club demanded her Money, with an Aspect so terrible, that the very Thought of him have ever since made her tremble, and took from her the 16 d. damning her for not having more, and saying, if he had thought that was all he would not have followed her so long; then went away. After this her Mare soal'd, and she durst never come from Market alone, because it was always about the Evening; but having a Friend with her, and both well mounted, another Evening they met him again, and were forced to go out of the Road with all their Speed to avoid him. At last he was taken, and she was positive to the Man upon his Trial; but he stifly denied it, and it depending only upon her Evidence, he was acquitted .

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