JAMES WEBB, WILLIAM KINGDON.
21st April 1773
Reference Numbert17730421-7
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty
SentenceDeath

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362, 363. (2 d. M.) JAMES WEBB and WILLIAM KINGDON were indicted, for that they on the king's highway, on Peter Munie , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person two guineas, one half guinea, and 8 s. 6 d. in money numbered, and a brown cloth great coat, value 4 s. the property of the said Peter , Feb, 20th . *

Peter Munie . On the 20th of February, between twelve and one at night, I was attacked by two men in Bow-street, Covent-garden ; they followed me and made a blow at me with a stick; my hat fell off; they did not hurt me: then they closed upon me and demanded my money; I put my hand in my pocket and gave them some; I don't know how much; I did not look at it; one took hold of my arms and the other put his hand in my pocket and took the rest of my money; it was the prisoner Webb took me by the arm, I do not remember the other; they took two guineas and a half in gold, and 8 s. 6 d. in silver.

Q. Was there any light?

Munie. Yes, from the sky, and from the the lamp, I could see very plain.

Q. Are you sure Webb is the man, that held you by the arm?

Munie. Yes, he held me while the other took the money out of my pocket; after they had took my money, they desired me to uncase, and they took off my great coat and walked off.

Q. Did they produce any pistol?

Munie. I did not see any; I read about the 5th of March, an advertisement that the two persons were in custody, that had taken a great coat from a person; I went to justice Welch's on the 6th, and found the coat there. I knew it to be my coat. (The coat produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Richard Jones . I am the watch-house keeper at Mary-le-bone: I took this great coat off Webb's back on Sunday; I cannot tell the day of the month; I advertized it. When I unlocked the door, I asked him who the coat belonged too; I told him the man up stairs said they had robbed a man of it in Covent-garden; I took the coat to the justice's; Webb said he was to give them so much money, and keep the coat himself.

Edward Cotterell . I was constable that night. Upon the 26th of March Waters robbed a woman in Wimpole-street; he impeached these two prisoners; Waters said Kingdon was not in this robbery; that he turned back before they robbed this gentleman.

Webb's Defence.

I am quite innocent of this affair. I had been into the city, coming by Covent-garden there was a fray, the mob ran, and I picked up the coat in the street.

Kingdon's Defence.

I have no witnesses.

For Webb.

Henry Charter . I am a stable keeper in Wardour-street, Soho, I have known Webb five or six years: he drove a post chaise for me; he behaved very honest as far as I know: he left me about a twelve month ago; he has lived in the neighbourhood ever since.

Robert Duckery . I deal in coals; I live in Wardour-street. Webb has worked for me, and lived with me the winter before last; I would trust him again if he was discharged, the same as before.

John Jordain . I am a stable-keeper, in Wardour-street: I have known Webb ever since he was a child; I never heard any ill of him.

Ezektel Waistcoat. I live in Wardour-street: I was a goldsmith, now I deal in coals; I have known Webb five years; he lodged with me three months; I never heard any bad character of him before.

William Brooks . I live in Wardour-street: I am a bricklayer. I have known Webb about ten years; I never heard but a very honest character of him till this affair happened.

William Webb . I am the prisoner's uncle: I am a turnes and chair-maker; I have known

him all his life; I never heard a word amiss of him; never heard any harm of him.

WEBB guilty Death .

KINGDON, acquitted .


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