Robert Griffith.
5th November 1716
Reference Numbert17161105-5
VerdictNot Guilty

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Robert Griffith , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , Vintner was indicted for stealing from Thomas Brooks , one Silver Watch, value 51. the Goods of the said Thomas Brooks; and likewise one Gold Watch and Seal, value 18 l. from Mary Smith , the Goods of Th Smith , on the 26th of August last. Thomas Brooks deposed, that going from Hampton-Court to R in a Coach, they were robb'd by 3 Highway-men, in the Dark of the Evening. Mary Smith deposed the same, and that she thereupon advertised her Watch and Chain, offering a Reward of 15 l. upon which her Watch, together with the Silver one was brought to her by Mr. Holder, Mr. Holder

deposed, that being drinking in a House in Drury-lane , the Prisoner and one Trippuck came in and desired him to drink with them; which he did; whereupon the Prisoner pull'd the Gold Watch out of his Pocket, desiring to have some Money borrowed upon it, saying, he had won it at a Gaming Table. Mr. Holder thinking it might be true, took it, and borrow'd 10 l. for the Prisoner. Two or three days after, Trippuck met Holder, and desired him to borrow some Money upon a Silver Watch; which he seeming unwilling to do, Trippuck used some menacing Language; telling him, if he did not, it should be worse for him. He afterwards hearing of the Watches being advertis'd, carried them to Mr. Smith. The Watches were produced in Court, and owned by the Prosecutors; but they would not swear the Prisoner was one of the Persons who robb'd them. The Prisoner said in his Defence, that he received the Watch of Trippuck. The Jury considering the Evidence was not positive to the Prisoner's taking them, Acquitted him.

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