23rd August 1676
Reference Numbert16760823-5
VerdictNot Guilty

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A Gentleman was indicted for a Highway-man , and the person who pretended himself robb'd, swore it very positively, That the Prisoner and three more such a day on a Common beyond Brandford , took from him twenty four shillings; but the Prosecutor having never leavied any Hue and Cry, nor declared such his being robb'd for above a twelvemonth, till the Prisoner afterwards being made a special Baliff , did arrest him for a just Debt due to the said Prisoner's Mother; at which time, as appeared by several credible persons, the Prosecutor declared he knew not, nor had ever seen the Prisoner in his life: And when he then made it appear by circumstances that there had been dealings between them about twelve years before, the Prosecutor then replied, If you are Mr. C. you are strangely altered; I have not seen you many years; and yet five weeks after he seizes the Prisoner, and charges him with robbing him, as aforesaid, in November was twelvemonths, but failed before the Justice in assigning the day, sometimes saying it was on a Saturday, and sometimes on a Tuesday: All which being extraordinary symptoms of Malice, and the Prisoner being a person of known Reputation, the Jury brought him in not guilty ; who thereupon prayed a Copy of his Indictment, which the Court readily granted; and no doubt of it, but he will teach the Prosecutor to be more wary of charging people with Felony, by a sweeping action brought against him.

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