Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
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550. John Alford , was indicted for that he, in a certain field or open place, near the king's highway, upon Thomas Lillwall , and him the said Thomas in bodily fear and danger of his life, did put, one guinea and 15 d. in monies, number'd, did steal, from the person of the said Thomas .
July 15 .
Thomas Lillwall . On the 15th of July, about 9 in the evening, as I was going from Stepney to Bow , in the field, about half a mile from Stepney, I met the prisoner; I bid him a good night, (we were both on foot), he said nothing to me, but turn'd short about, and got fast hold of my collar; I ask'd him what he wanted, he said money, and your money I'll have; he turn'd up his coat, and took out a bayonet; then he held it pointing to my side, and took from me one guinea, two six-pences and 3 d. in half-pence; he had on when he robb'd me, a green plush coat and a lac'd hat, the sides of his hat put down before; said he, there are more behind, the token is this, if they stop you, you must say, you have got nothing: but I did not meet any body to molest me. Then I went to Benjamin Tribes , at the Three Tuns , and told him I was
Upon his cross examination he made no mistake.
Prisoner's Defence . I was not there, but in my own house, playing a game at cards with my wife, at the time the prosecutor said he was robb'd.
To prove which, he call'd Wm Pope a coachman, who deposed , he was going by his house with his coach, stop'd and went in, and drank part of 3 tankards of beer with one Roberson a diover , the prisoner and his wife, a little after 9 o'clock that night. Roberson deposed the same , who described the house to have 3 or 4 boxes in it; the coachman said, it had but one ; they both said, the prisoner's wife had a printed linen gown on . Mary Tucker , the prisoner's servant, deposed, she was at home all day, and that her mistress had a brown calamanco gown on that day, and Elix. Matterson, a near neighbour, deposed , she had, that day , a flower'd short linen gown on , with other contradictions : all the witnesses were examin'd a part.
Guilty , Death .