John Thomson, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 4th April 1722.

Reference Number: t17220404-13
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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John Thomson , of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for assaulting George Curry on the Highway, and taking from him a Holland Shirt, value 15 s. a Wig 10 s. and a Hat, 5 s. on the 2d of March last. George Curry depos'd, that about 1 in the Morning, being a little in Liquor, he went into Everet's (a Distillers) Shop, in Smithfield, to enquire for a Watchman to go home with him. The prisoner and another told him they'd go home with him for a Shilling, which he refus'd, and went away; they presently followed him, knock'd him down, took the Shirt out of his Pocket, his Hat and Wig off of his Head, and had hold of his Purse, in which he had 44 l. but he crying out, they ran away. Joseph and Francis White , two Drovers, depos'd, they beard Curry cry out, and saw the prisoner stamping on his Breast. Mr. Everest depos'd, that after Curry went out, the prisoner and the other left a Ridinghood in pawn for their Reckoning, and followed him. That he look'd out, and saw'em knock the Prosecutor down near Cloth Fair. Soon after the prisoner came back, and told this Evidence that he had been set upon and abus'd. He kept him in Discourse till the Watch came, and then secur'd him. The prisoner in his Defence said, that the Prosecutor came in drunk and dirty, and when he went out again, his Comrade went with him, and held him by the Arm; that he staid behind to drink a Glass of Geneva, then followed 'em, saw' em both fall down, went to help' em up, and then parted. Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

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