Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
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10. William Brown , was indicted for assaulting William Haines in a Field near the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a pair of wrought base Metal Buckles, value 12 d Oct. 12 .
William Haines On the 12th of Oct. about 9 in the Evening, I was coming with some Friends from Mr. Dobney's, and in the Field between the Pond and the New River Head , I stopp'd to make Water, my Company being a little Way before me, I call'd to them, and bid them not go without me, and presently I heard a Cry of Murder, and a Pistol was fired. I was going to make up to my Company and a Man stopp'd me, and demanded my Money, Watch and Rings, and gave me a Knock on the Head, I told him I had no Watch but he searched me all down to my Shoes, and said here's a good pair of Buckles, and took them away; then he jump'd away, and a Pistol went off, and one of them cry'd, D - n you take that among you. After I was robb'd I ran back to Dobney's and got his Man to come over the Fields with me with two Dogs. We call'd in at Sadler's-Wells, and there I found my Friends and the Prisoner.
Joseph Critchley . I was coming from Dobney's with 4 Friends, and I happen'd to be foremost; when I came to the Stile, I saw the Prisoner and two more, one of each Side of him. The Prisoner jump'd off the Stile, and said D - n your Bl - ds deliver this Minute. I was surpriz'd, and while I was putting my Hand in my Pocket, I heard a Pistol go off at one of my Friends behind me: Then I heard another Friend say, - fight away Boys, they have nothing but Powder, the Prisoner immediately clapp'd a Pistol to my Face, I struck it by with my Hand, and off it went.
John Martin , confirm'd the former Witnesses, adding, that he likewise was attack'd by one Man, who endeavoured to rifle him; but Mr. Stevens coming up to his Assistance, the Fellow quitted him, that he heard one Pistol fir'd, and saw another flash; that Stevens got the Prisoner down in the Grass, upon which one of his Comrades fir'd a Pistol, and bid them take it among them; and that the Ball from this Pistol wounded his Brother in the Cheek.
Martin Stevens , confirmed the foregoing Evidence, and deposed, that he gave the Prisoner several Blows before he knock'd him down; that the Prisoner call'd to his Companions and bid them fire; upon which a Pistol was fired among them; upon which the Prisoner got up and would have run off, but they secur'd him directly, and carried him to Mr. Forcer's ( Sadler's Wells )and from thence to Justice Poulson, who committed him.
Prisoner. These two Men that were with me perswaded me to go out with them, I did, and at Holloway they proposed robbing the first Man that came by. I told them I would not be concern'd, but they dragged me along, and when we came to this Field, they attack'd these People. I was making the best of my Way off, and Mr. Stevens follow'd me and knock'd me down. Guilty , Death .