Thomas Bingley, Joseph Shettier, Edward Mott.
4th December 1717
Reference Numbert17171204-10

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Thomas Bingley , Joseph Shettier , and Edward Mott , alias Dopham of Acton , were indicted for assaulting Silvester Proud on the King's Highway. and taking from him 4l.2s. the 11th of November last. They were all Three a second time indicted for assaulting Jonathan Chapman at the same time and place, and taking from him 3 s.6 d. They were also all Three indicted the third time for assaulting John Blackwell at the same time and place, and taking from him 4 s. in Money . They were likewise indicted a fourth time for assaulting William Green at the same place and time, and taking from him 5 s. Silvester Proud deposed, that he coming with 3 Waggons towards London, was set upon by the Prisoners near Action, That he being asleep in his Waggon (it being about One a. Clock in the Morning) was waked by his Wife who told him the believ'd somebody was taking away his Horse from his Servant, upon which he jumped out of the Waggon and was immediately set upon by Bingley, who cutting him over the Head several times with his Sword, told him he would kill him if he did not presently deliver his Money, and that while he was cutting him Edward Mott came and took his Money out of his Pocket, which was 4 l.2 s. and also robbed his Wife, and that then they went to rob the other Persons. Jonathan Chapman depos'd that Bingley came up to him with Sword and Pistol in hand, bidding him stand and give him his Money threatning to Kill him, that he answered him he had no Money, he searching him took out Half a Crown, leaving some Half-pence &c. in his Pocket, and that his Master, Silvester Proud , immediately coming out of the Waggon Bingley left him and went to rob his Master, and another of the Prisoners came and demanded it again, and feeling his Breeches felt the Money that was left hastning him to give it him. Upon which he bid him be easy and he should have it, whereupon the Prisoner reply'd it wasno time to be easy. John Blackwell confirm'd the Evidence before given, adding that Sherrier came to him, making at him with his Sword, swearing he would shoot him if he did not give him his Money, and that he thereupon gave him 4 s. William Green deposed that he being in Blackwell's Waggon Joseph Sherrier came to him demanding his Money, threatning him to kill him, that he gave him 2 Half Crowns, telling him it was all he had, asking him if he would not give him a Shilling, to which he reply'd G - J D - m him if he did; and then went away to the next Waggon. Ann Kettle depos'd, That she saw the Prisoners at her Landlady's the Night before the Robbery was committed, and heard them all say they had no Money; and that she saw them there again the next Morning full of Money. Silvester Proud added, That he having gotten some Inteligence of them and a Warrant went to search for them where he had heard they were, but when be came they were gone, into the Fields to decide the Dispute as to sharing the Money by the Dint of Sword, and bearing they were gone thence to Mary-bone, they went chither and found only Bingley who, upon the sight of the Prosecutor took to his Heels, but was pursued and taken, and the other 2 were afterwards apprechended at Westwinster. The Facts being fully proved against each of the Prisoners, the Jury found them all three guilty of all the four Indictments.

[Death. See summary.]

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