Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
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Isaac George (a Blackamoor) was indicted for assaulting John Gravener , in the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Pair of Silver-bow'd Scissars, value 5 s. a Silver Spatula, value 4 s. a Silver Probe, value 6 d. a Steel crooked Needle, value 1 d a Fish skin Case with Silver Hinges and Clasps, value 10 s. 6 d. three Lancers, with Tortoiseshell Scales, value 3 s. a Gum Lancet, value 1 s. a black Shagreen Case, value 5 s. a Silver Seal, value 2 s. 6 d. and 7 d. in Money , April 30 .
Mr. Gravener. As I return'd from Endfield , on Sunday Night, the 30th of April, the Prisoner and another Man attack'd me in the Highway. They struck at me with their Clubs, and my Horse threw me. I got up, and ran away from them, about 150 or 200 Yards towards Islington Town, but happening to fall in a Cart-rut, the Prisoner and his Accomplice overtook me, and robb'd me of the Things mention'd in the Indictment, they likewise took from me 6 d. and some Half-pence. The Prisoner was the Man that seiz'd me first, and he and his Comrade rifled me. When I fell from my Horse I lost my Hat, so after I had been rifled, I desired them to let me have my Hat; they said, they did not desire that, and I went back with them, to the Place where I fell, and found it, the two Men guarding me all the Time. The Reason of my desiring to go back was, that I thought some Body might come by, as we were going up the Road, and then I would have endeavour'd to have taken them. I am sure the Prisoner is one of the Men that robb'd me, - he is a Black, and 'twas he that walk'd on my right Hand, when I went back to look for my Hat.
Prisoner. I know nothing of this Affair.
Mr. Gravener. When I first saw the Prisoner in Bridewell, I asked him if he knew me? He said, - No, he never saw me (to his Knowledge) before in his Life. I asked him if he could give any Account how he had spent his Time last Monday? Yes, says he, I have been a Month in the Hospital, and was discharged from thence about a Fortnight ago, and the People of the Hospital can be Witnesses for me. Guilty Death .