Joseph * Ewin, John Keene, William Johnson, Mary Roberts.
17th October 1744
Reference Numbert17441017-14
VerdictNot Guilty

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446, 447, 448, 449. + Joseph * Ewin , John Keene , William Johnson , Mary Roberts , wife of William Roberts , of St. Giles's Cripplegate , were indicted for assaulting John Bullin , in a certain court or open place near the King's highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him an half guinea, and 5 s. 1 d. 1/2 in money, the property of the said John Bullin , Sept. 25 .

* Bullin the Prosecutor on the trial called him James Ewin.

John Bullin . I live in Philip's Court by Jacob's-Well in Grub-street , on the 25th of September I had made a little entertainment for some friends at dinner about two o'clock, and about ten at night I went to the Jacob's-Well to pay my reckoning, which came to 8 s. 7 d. halfpenny. I changed a guinea and paid it, John Keene stood in the kitchen and saw it; then I ordered 18 d. worth of punch more. I went into my house to drink a glass of punch, and came down to make water; James Ewin the soldier clapped both his hands about me and said, D - n your blood, what Bullin? I felt for my watch immediately, and finding it in my pocket I said, You have missed your aim, for you wanted to rob me: then Keene and Mary Roberts fell upon me, and Mary Roberts said, Murder the rogue, knock out his brains; Keene and the soldier were for forcing in. - I did not know Ewin by any other name than soldier then, he was turned out of the house afterwards for keeping ill company and bad hours. He knows I had received 112 l. and upwards, for a little estate in the country, and I suppose he wanted some of it. I kicked Keene in the face, and I served a warrant upon him, and the Alderman I carried him before, said I had served him right if I had kicked his brains out; he cursed me, and said in a little time I should have no money, nor my wife should have no fine cloaths, nor no rings.

Q. Who took the money from you?

Bullin. No body had their hands upon me but Ewin.

Prisoner's Counsel. Were you robbed?

Bullin . I lost my money.

Counsel. Did you feel any body's hand in your pocket?

Bullin . I can't say that any person's hand was in my pocket.

Counsel. Have not you offered to indict other people?

Bullin. No, I have not.

Q. You are sure you lost your money?

Bullin. Yes, I am sure of that, I had it but five minutes before.

Counsel. Did you know these people before?

Bullin. I did not know one of them. Acquitted .

The Council for the Prisoners moved the Court for a copy of the indictment, but the Court was of opinion that they ought rather to have been confined.

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