John Molony, James Carrick, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 4th July 1722.

Reference Number: t17220704-51
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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John Molony and James Carrick of St. Giles in the Fields , were indicted, that they, in Company with Daniel Carrol , not yet taken, did assault William Young , Esq ; on the Highway, and take from him a Gold repeating Watch, val. 50 l. a Chrystal Snuff-Box, value 3 L a Silver hilted Sword, 3 l. and 42 l. in Money , on the 1st of this instant July . Mr. Young depos'd, that coming in a Chair from the Bedford Head Tavern, in Southampton street, Covent Garden, between 1 and 2 in the Morning, as they were turning into Little Queenstreet , he saw 3 Men coming towards him, and one of 'em came up and bid the Chairman set down, or he swore he'd shoot him through the Head; and then holding a Pistol into the Chair, said, your Money, Sir, I am in haste; his Hand trembling as he spoke. Mr. Young gave him about 11 s. some of which he dropt; and perceiving it was Silver, he swore, G - d - ye, Sir, Do you trifle? Another putting his Head in at the Right side of the Chair, said, G - d - ye, Sir, de ye? the former then took away his Sword, a Gold Watch, a Chrystal Snuff Box, his Purse with Forty Guineas, and then bid the Chairmen go on as fast as they could. The Chairmen carried him about 20 Yards, and pursued the prisoners. Molony being in the Round House, Mr. Young went to him, and he denied the Fact; but some time after sent for him, and own'd that Carrick and Daniel Carrol were in his Company that Night. Mr. Young farther depos'd, that the Man that rob'd him was a little Man, in a black Coat, a tye Wig, and that he really believ'd Carrick to be the same: That he at the Right side of the Chair, was no less like Molony; having on a large Silver lac'd Hat, a black Cravat, and the Tail of his Wig ty'd up in a Bag. William Grindal , Chairman, gave the same Account of the Robbery, and added, that he saw Molony stopt by a Watchman under the Arch'd Passage joining to the Duke of Newcastle's House; but getting loose, the Watchman sent his Dog after him, who in the first Quarter of Lincoln's Inn Fields seiz'd him, and threw him; and he cry'd out (says this Evidence) like a Hare when she is first taken by a Hound. John Brooks , the other Chairman, and John Felton , the Watchman, confirm'd the former Evidence. Francis Brounker , Sales-man in Monmouth street depos'd, that on the Monday Evening after the Robbery, Carrick came to his Shop, in a Coach, to buy a Suit of Cloaths; and whilst Whiggington (Brounker's Man) went up Stairs to look some suits out, he order'd the Coachman to drive away. When Whiggington came down again, and knowing Carrick, they followed him; and taking others to their Assistance, they took him coming out of another Slop Shop. Mr. Young's Snuff Box, Watch, and Purse, with 17 Guineas and a half, were found in his Pocket. The prisoners made a very frivolous Defence. Carrick call'd Katherine Conway to prove that the Watch and Snuff Box were brought to him on Sunday Morning, by Carrol; but her Evidence was intirely unintelligible. Monday, in his Defence, said, that Carrick and Carrol rob'd the Chair before he came up to'em, he being intirely ignorant of their Design. He made great protestations of his Innocence, but the Fact being plainly prov'd against them, the Jury found'em guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

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