26th May 1819
Reference Numbert18190526-43
VerdictNot Guilty

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811. JAMES KENT and WILLIAM KNIGHT were indicted for feloniously assaulting William Walker on the King's highway, on the 25th of April , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, one watch, value 50 s.; two seals, value 3 l., and one key, value 6 d. , his property.

WILLIAM WALKER . I am a journeyman tin-plate worker . On Sunday evening, the 25th of April, about a quarter after ten o'clock, I was at the corner of Hanover-street and Swallow-street , with Bowman. I had been drinking, but knew what I was about. Three men came up against me, and pushed me against the pump - we both fell; one of them came on each side of me, and pretended to pick me up, they held me while the other took my watch out. I pursued the man across Hanover-square, he got away - Kent is the man who robbed me; there was a good light from the lamps, I could see him plainly. I saw him in custody on the Saturday following.

Cross-examined. Q. How long had you an opportunity of observing him - A. About two minutes. I will positively swear to him.

JOHN BOWMAN . I was with Walker. Three men shoved against us - we were thrown down. The man who took Walker's watch ran away, he followed him, but lost him; the other two kept me back from following. Knight was one of them - I have no doubt of it; I saw him again a week after.

GEORGE GROVES . I am apprentice to Mr. Prossor, in Swallow-street. I went to school with Knight about seven years ago. On the 25th of April, about twenty minutes after ten o'clock at night, I saw him and Kent together, with two others, standing at Mr. Burt's gateway, in Swallow-street, some distance from Hanover-street - they were with Walker and Bowman - Walker sat down on the stones, and the four wanted to lift him up, and said they would fetch him a coach for a pint of beer. Walker and Bowman walked away together - both appeared to have been drinking, but they were able to walk. Soon after this I was going into my master's house, they passed me, one of them said they had hit him a crack of the eye. I ran away. I saw three of them running. Knight spoke to me that evening in the public-house.

JOHN BOWMAN re-examined. I do not remember seeing

the prisoners till they came up to us. I saw three men in Swallow-street.

WILLIAM WALKER re-examined. I remember seeing three men in Swallow-street - Kent was one of them.

SAMUEL FURZEMAN . I apprehended the prisoners.

KENT'S Defence. I can prove I was not there.

MARY BURNETT . I lodged in the same house with Kent, in Church-street, St. Giles's. On a Sunday, about a month ago, I went to his mother's about a quarter before ten o'clock at night, for some radishes, and saw him undressing to go to bed.

MARY WILLIAMS . I am a nurse, and live in Church-street, St. Giles's. Last Sunday month, about eleven o'clock at night, I went to Kent's mother for some water, and saw him in bed.


First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Bayley.

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