Richard Montgomery.
30th August 1727
Reference Numbert17270830-29
VerdictsNot Guilty > non compos mentis

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Richard Montgomery , of St. John Hackney , was indicted for assaulting Mr. Jonathan Collier on the Highway, taking from him 2 s. and 6 d. in Money , on the 28th of May last, being Sunday at Noon, in a common Road near Hackney . He was a second Time indicted for robbing Mr. Jonathan Collier Jun at the same Time and Place, taking from him 5 Shillings in Money .

Mr. Collier Sen. depos'd, That at the Time aforesaid a Person came up to his Coach and demanded his Money, which he gave him, his Wife and Daughter being with him in the Coach, and surprized, the Person who assaulted him bid them not be frighten'd, for he would do them no harm, but he did not know the Prisoner at the Bar to be the Person.

Mr. Collier Jun. depos'd, That the Prisoner at the Bar came up to the Coach at the Time and Place aforesaid, and after causing it to stop, he took from him about 5 s. that he knew the Prisoner to be the Person, and took particular Notice of his Eyes and Eye-brows.

Samuel Ramsey depos'd, That between Dalston and Hackney he saw the Prisoner stop the Coach, and that he pursued and took him before he was out of sight; that when he found himself pursued he pulled out two Pistols, and extending his Arms, presented them at himself, without offering them at those who came to take him.

John Stephens depos'd, That he was behind the Coach when the Robbery was committed, and knew the Prisoner at the Bar to be the Person. This was likewise confirmed by William Stoakes the Coachman.

William Corn depos'd, That he going in pursuit of the Prisoner, saw him quit his Horse and jump over some Rails, and pulling out his Pistols snapt them at his own Ears; but they did not go off; upon which he put his Hand in his Pocket and pull out some Powder, with which he prim'd them. Being put upon his Defence he said he knew nothing of the Matter, but desired his Witnesses might be called.

Abraham Blackhall depos'd, That he being an Apothecary the Prisoner was his Patient, and had frequently Fits of Lunacy, in particular but the Day before this Robbery was committed, when this Deponent administred such Medicines to him, as with the Advice of another Physician was thought proper to remove his Indisposition.

Mr. Pit depos'd, That Mr. Blackhall had advised with him about the Indisposition of the Prisoner, and that he went with Mr. Blackhall to see him, on the 24th or 25th May, when the Prisoner said he had Worms in his Stomach, and by his extravagant Expressions, &c. this Deponent was confirmed in his Mind that he was not in his Senses.

William Baxter depos'd, That the Prisoner had lodg'd at his House 2 or 3 Years, and had frequently acted like one distracted, and in reality was not in his right Senses.

Benjamin Taylor depos'd, That some Time since he cross'd the River with the Prisoner, and when they was upon the Thames the Prisoner would fain have persuaded this Deponent to jump over with him, saying, let us drown the Waterman. That on the other Side the Water they went to Dinner, and the Prisoner then and there put up the Sash, and would have got out at the Window, saying, that he must go and fight the Indians and the Coach staid for him: After this he said he would take some Opium, for he had a Mind to take a Journey to the other World. This Deponent added, That these Extravagancies was acted by the Prisoner at the latter End of May last, near the Time that he was taken up for the Robbery.

Mr. Blackhall further depos'd, That Lunancy had ran in the Blood of the Family; that several of them had been disordered in their Senses, and one of his Brothers shot himself. To corroborate this Mr. Collier Sen. (altho' the Prosecutor) was so generous as to confess, that his Wife coming to understand what Family he is of (for Montgomery is a fictitious Name) she knew several of them to be weak in their Intellectuals; which being considered by the Court, and the Circumstances compared, as his stopping the Coach just by the Town at Noon Day, when People were coming from Church, and on the Back of a Horse that was thought not worth 20 Shillings. The Jury brought in their Verdict that he was Non compos mentis .


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