John Ireland, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 11th September 1751.

Reference Number: t17510911-58
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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536. (M.) John Ireland , was indicted, for that he, on the King's High-way, on Edward Brice did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear, &c. one silver watch, value 3 l. 10 s. and 4 s. in money numbered, did steal, &c.

July 2 . ++

Edward Brice . Going on the second of July to Hays in a one horse chaise, I look'd at my watch, just as I was going upon Ealing common , and I wanted five minutes of five o'clock: before I came to the six mile stone, the prisoner at the bar rode up to me, out of Hanger-lane , he order'd me to stop; I did not comply at first; he said stop again. The next word was, give me two pence, or three pence, to pay the Turnpike. I said what do you mean? then he took a pistol out from under his right arm, and pointed it to me, saying, come, come, give me your money. His horse's head was in my chaise; by the posture

he held his pistol, it seem'd to be confin'd under his arm. He said he would not take my watch from me; so I suppose he saw the silver chain hang out. Then I the more readily comply'd ; I held out 4 s. and a few half-pence ; he took it, and look'd at it, and shook his head, and said, it would not do, he must have my watch. I was at a stand, to know whether I should dispute it with him; then he said, come, come, be quick; what are you at? taking out his pistol again. Said I, if you must have my watch you must. He took it, and away he rode, as hard as he cou'd, towards Acton. He was alone, I am very certain the prisoner is the man.

Henry Segar , who is servant to Justice Lediard, produced the watch; the prosecutor deposed to it. I brought the watch from Justice Lediard this morning; I don't know how it came into his possession; I was not his servant then.

George Tompson . I am constable of Kensington; on the second of July, between five and six o'clock in the afternoon, I heard the cry stop thief; seeing a crowd of people at the Gravel-pits, some people had got hold of the prisoner; I took hold of him also; I search'd him, and in his right side pocket I found a green silk purse, in which was eight shillings, and eight six-pences; in his breeches I found a small size silver watch; he is shew'n the watch Segar brought; he deposes it is the same ; having took down the name, and number, before he delivered it to the Justice; and in the right ham of his breeches I found another large silver watch; there were two pistols.

Samuel Seedon . I rode after the prisoner, calling stop thief; I saw him fall, there I saw a brace of pistols hanging by his sides, tied under each arm. I took them from him, and saw the watch taken from him.

Guilty Death .

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