JAMES JOINER.
25th February 1789
Reference Numbert17890225-7
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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188. The said JAMES JOINER was indicted, for feloniously assaulting Henry Leverett , in a certain field and open place, near the King's highway, on the eighth of February , and putting him in fear, and feloniously taking from his person, and against his will, one canvas purse, value 1 d. one guinea, four half crowns, value 10 s. and 3 s. in monies numbered, his property .

HENRY LEVERETT sworn.

I live at Sion-hill; on Sunday, the eighth of February, about six in the evening, I was going from Hounslow to Sion-hill; in Lampton common field, in the parish of Heston , the prisoner met me in the foot-path; I was alone; he said, my friend, which is the way to Hounslow? I turned to shew him the way, and he drew a pistol, and said, your money this moment; he held the pistol to my breast; I pulled my purse out, and gave my money; it was a light coloured linen purse; there was a guinea in my purse before; I took the four half crowns and some silver that night; when I had given him my purse and my money, I told him I was but a poor man, and had nothing but what I worked hard for; he took half a crown out of the bag, and gave it to me, and bid me take myself off about my business; he went on towards Hounslow, and I went straight home; I am sure the prisoner is the man; he might stay with me about a minute, or not quite so much; it was light; I had a full view of his face; he was dressed just the same as he is now: I saw him at Bow-street when he was examined, which was on the Saturday following; I knew him the moment I saw him, and then declared he was the man that robbed me; I never saw the purse.

Had you described the man at all, before you saw him again? - Yes, since I gave a description of him to Mr. Wheeler, that he was a man with a one curled wig, a brown coat, and a scar in his face.

Court. Has the prisoner a scar in his face.

Owen. Yes, my Lord, on his left cheek.

To prosecutor. You have no doubt but he is the man? - I am sure he is the man.

WILLIAM WHEELER sworn.

I only apprehended the prisoner on Mr. Hull's account, on the thirteenth of February, and on him I found the bag of balls, but no purse; the prosecutor described him as having a light coloured wig, and a brown coat; that he was a thin tall man, but I do not recollect any thing about the scar.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I have nothing to say in particular, any more than I am innocent.

Jury. Was it moon light? - No, and day light was not shut in; it was near six, a very clear night.

GUILTY , Death .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron THOMPSON .


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