PHILIP RANDALL, WILLIAM GREENWOOD.
9th January 1776
Reference Numbert17760109-11
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty
SentencesDeath; Death

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125, 126. PHILIP RANDALL and WILLIAM GREENWOOD were indicted for that they, in the king's highway, in and upon Peter Planch feloniously did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person two half guineas and three shillings in monies numbered, the property of the said Peter , December 5th .

PETER PLANCH sworn.

Upon Tuesday the 5th of December, after Mr. Wood, a young lady, and myself had been to the play; Mr. Wood and I accompanying the young lady home to Chelsea , between ten and eleven o'clock at night, were overtaken by the prisoners, who immediately turned back, when Randall presented a pistol to us, and demanded our money; Greenwood stood before us, but he did not speak: I gave Randall three shillings, he looked at it and demanded more, then I gave him out of another pocket two half guineas and some halfpence: the moon shone very bright: I observed Randall turn and hold the money up towards the moon, to see what it was.

Are you positive the prisoners are the men who robbed you? - I have no doubt of it. In consequence of an information I had given of the robbery at Sir John Fielding's office, I was sent for about a fortnight ago; the prisoners were then in custody; I knew them then to be the persons that robbed us, and I have no doubt now.

WILLIAM WOOD sworn.

I was in company with Mr. Planch at the time of the robbery; it was a very fine moonlight night; I have no doubt about the identity of their persons, I knew them again as soon as I saw them at Sir John Fielding 's.

LEVY MOSES sworn.

I apprehended the prisoners in consequence of an information I had received of this robbery.

RANDALL's DEFENCE.

I am quite innocent

GREENWOOD's DEFENCE.

I have nothing particular to say.

BOTH GUILTY . Death .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice NARES.

They were a second time indicted, for that they, in the king's highway, in and upon John Johnson , Esq ; did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a gold watch, value 10 l. a gold watch chain, value 5 l. a topaz seal set in gold, value forty shillings, a cornelian seal set in gold, value ten shillings, a green-silk purse, value two pence, and a guinea and a half guinea in monies numbered, the property of the said John , December 10th .

MARY WALSH sworn.

As I was lighting and leading Mr. Johnson from Tottenham-court-road to London, on the 10th of December, as Mr. Johnson is almost blind, the two prisoners stopt us, the tall one presented a sword, the short one bid Mr. Johnson deliver; Mr. Johnson gave him a green purse, containing a guinea and a half; the short one then said, you have a watch; Mr. Johnson gave them his watch: I observed the short one had something bulky tucked in at his breast, which I took to be a pistol; the moon shone very bright, and I am certain the prisoners are the men.

"LEVIMOSES deposed, that the prisoners at

"the bar offering to sell him a gold watch, he

"had them secured."

[The watch was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

The prisoners said in their defence, that they found the watch.

BOTH GUILTY . Death .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice NARES.


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