Thomas Wells, Theopholus Watson, Joshua Barnes, Thomas Kirby.
17th October 1744
Reference Numbert17441017-7
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Miscellaneous > fine

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436, 437, 438, 439. Thomas Wells , Theopholus Watson , Joshua Barnes , and Thomas Kirby , were indicted for a misdenieanor, in assaulting and wounding Alexander Forfar , a Headborough , and obstructing him in the execution of his office , Sept. 24 .

The Evidence on the former trial for the robbery, being pretty full, it will be needless to repeat it. But as some additional Evidence was given on this trial; we hope it will not be disagreeable to mention it, viz.

When Mr. Forfar was assaulted on his return from Black-Boy-Alley , there were a great many in the gang, both men and women, and children with bludgeons, pokers, tongs, and other things; and by their abuses, he was in such a miserable condition, that he could not stand; having 19 wounds upon his head, and one of his fingers almost cut off. He said, the Surgeon told him the wounds and bruises he was obliged to dress were above 40. He had

three cuts given on his legs, upon Ann Duck 's crying out, Hamstring the Dog ; that Joshua Barnes cut him several times on the legs, after he was lying upon the ground, and the women fell upon him, beating and kicking him with their hands and feet. Kirby had a large knife, like a butcher's knife, in one hand, while he was searching his breeches pockets with the other, during which time Wells stood over him with a cutlass drawn .

Watson. Forfar said, Gray was one that assaulted him, and Jeffery Everett , and Jacob Aldridge ; and in Clerkenwell Bridewell Mr. Montgomery took all our names down, and said he would take care that we should take the right hand of St. Giles's church; and Forfar, said, As to the rest he would not trouble himself about them , but make it up with them.

Forfar. I never spoke such a word.

Watson . You took us up because we could not pay you any thing.

Forfar. I did it out of downright justice.

Barnes . He came to me several times in Clerkenwell Bridewell, and said he did not know me, and asked me where my hanger was, and I never had a hanger in my life.

Forfar. I never said that I did not know him.

The Prisoners were found guilty of the indictment, and received sentence to suffer one year's imprisonment in Newgate , and to pay a fine of one shilling each.

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