Richard Ash.
22nd February 1758
Reference Numbert17580222-10
VerdictNot Guilty

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114. (M.) Richard Ash was indicted for that he, on the king's highway, on Claude Francis Maximilian Mellior did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person one hat with a hat-band, value 23 s. and 6 d. the property of the said Claude , &c. February 5 .8

Claude Francis Maximilian Mellior . On the 5th of February, a little before twelve o'clock at night, the prisoner stop'd me in Little Gray's-Inn-Lane , and bid me to deliver my money.

Q. Did you know him before?

Mellior. No; I never saw him before.

Q. Had he any thing in his hand?

Mellior. No, he had not. I said I had nothing to give him. He walked along with me, and said, d - n it, I must have something, snatch'd my hat off, and ran away with it. I took him three days after, being Shrove Tuesday, at the Cheshire-Cheese alehouse, near Mount Pleasant, in Little Gray's-Inn-Lane, with my hat-band in his pocket.

Q. Where is the hat-band?

Mellior. The constable has that, but he is not here. I am a Frenchman, and do not know how to proceed in these affairs.

Richard Card . On Shrove Tuesday, about seven o'clock at night, the prosecutor's wife came, and told me she believed the man that had rob'd her husband was at the Cheshire Cheese; I went there with the prosecutor, who asked him if he remember'd seeing him on the Sunday night. He answered no. The prosecutor said, you are the person that rob'd me, but he denied it. The prisoner took out some tobacco, which was in a hat-band.

The prosecutor took it, and said that was his property, and on his hat when he was rob'd of it. Then we sent for a constable, took him into custody, and the hat-band was delivered to the constable, but he is not here.

Prisoner's Defence.

I never saw the gentleman till I saw him at the Cheshire-Cheese on Shrove Tuesday at night.

Acquitted .

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