James Shepherd, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 3rd March 1720.

Reference Number: t17200303-28
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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James Shepherd , of St. Martins in the Fields was indicted for Assaulting John Trelawny Esq ; on High Way putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Cane with a Gold Head, a Sword a Watch a Guinea and 4 s. in Money , on Dec. 16 last. The Prosecutor deposed that he was set upon by two Men on horseback as he was in a Coach between the Lord Ranelaugh's and the Duke of Buckingham's House, who robb'd him of the Goods and Money mention'd in the Indictment, but could not swear to the Prisoner, it being dark. John Winship deposed that the Prisoner, and himself did the Fact, between the Watch-house and the Duke of Buckingham's House; that they sold the Watch for 52 s. 6d. and that himself had the Cane, the Head being taken off. The Prisoner's Confession was read in Court. The Prisoner made no Defence but said he was so sick he could not. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .

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