1st December 1819
Reference Numbert18191201-61
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty

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61. JOHN JONES and WALTER ELLIS were indicted for feloniously assaulting Thomas Prowse , the younger , on the King's highway, on the 11th of November , at St. Luke , putting him in fear, and taking from his person and against his will, one watch, value 20 s., one key, value 6 d., and one ribbon value 1 d. , his property.

THOMAS PROWSE , JUN. I am apprentice to my father, who is a musical instrumentmaker , and lives in Wedlock-street, St. Luke's. On the 11th of November, between eight and nine o'clock in the evening, I was going along Helmet-row - three young men came out of Mitchell-street

- Ellis took me by the shoulder and pushed me into the middle of the road, while the other two took my watch from me.

Q. Was it with violence - A. Yes; he forced me into the middle of the road. I am certain he is the man; I saw him in custody seven or eight days after.

Q. Were you then certain he was the person - A. No; I had some doubt about it at that moment. When I went to Hicks's Hall I was certain of it.

Q. Look at him now, and say if you doubt it - A. No; the more I look at him the more I am convinced he is the person. I do not know the other.

Prisoner ELLIS Q. I asked you at Worship-street what you swore to me by, but you gave me no answer - A. He did, and I made him no answer, as I thought it not particular. I did not swear to him then. I had seen him that evening before in Whitecross-street; I have often seen him before.

COURT. Q. Was your reason for not swearing to him that you doubted it - A. I was rather fearful. I am quite sure he is the person. My watch was safe two minutes before.

JOHN ASTON . I am foreman to Messrs. Lucock and Fryet, who are pawnbrokers, and live in Whitecross-street. On the 12th of November the prisoner, Jones, pledged a watch for 12 s., in the name of Davis - I did not know him before, but am certain he is the person. I described him to the officer; the officer brought him to me to know if he was the man - he said he did not pawn it. I afterwards heard him say a man, who appeared to be a butcher, gave him 2 s. to pawn it.

WILLIAM PROWSE . I am the prosecutor's brother, and was with him at the time. Three young men came out of Mitchell-street, Ellis pushed him into the middle of the road - I had seen him several times before; he was up and down Whitecross-street several times every day - I am sure he is the person. He pushed him into the road, I followed them - they hustled him about - he missed his watch. We pursued, but it was useless.

THOMAS VANN . I am a constable of Worship-street. In consequence of information Aston gave me, I apprehended Jones, on the 18th of October, in Whitecross-street. I said I took him on suspicion of being concerned in the robbery of a watch, he said he knew nothing about it. I took him to Aston, he said he was the man. He told the Magistrate a butcher gave him 2 s. to pledge it. Three nights afterwards I stopped Ellis; they were brought up together two days after, and the prosecutor identified Ellis.

ELLIS'S Defence. I never saw the two lads till I saw them at the office.

JONES'S Defence. A butcher gave me 2 s. to pledge it - I described him to my parents, they cannot find him.

THOMAS VANN re-examined. A butcher went afterwards to redeem the watch - he was brought to the prosecutor, and he could say nothing to him.


ELLIS - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 17.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Garrow .

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