THOMAS ADAMS, JOHN WATERS.
3rd June 1772
Reference Numbert17720603-17
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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439, 440. (1st. M.) THOMAS ADAMS, alias STANLEY , and JOHN WATERS were indicted, for that they on the king's highway, on John Grant did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 2 s. and 4 s. in money, numbered . May 17 . *

John Grant . I was robbed by three men on Sunday evening the 17th May, about nine o'clock in the evening; they took from me four shillings, or four shillings and six-pence, and a pair of silver buckles; I heard them coming behind me; I stood aside, and let them pass me; there were some other people coming, when they were gone by, then the three men turned back, and one of them presented a pistol to me, and demanded my money, another took my silver buckles. This was about half a mile beyond Paddington ; one of them shook hands with me, and wished me a good night.

Richard Burton . The prisoners and I were coming home from Kilburn, we had been all round that part, in order to see what money we could get by robbing the first gentleman that came; we met the prosecutor; we walked past him because there were people behind him, when these people were gone by, we returned and robbed him; they said, Stand, and give us you money; but they used no other force or threats, only put a pistol to him. Waters took his money, and Adams took his buckles; the buckles were afterwards sold by one Jones; we all went to his lodging in Maynard-street, St. Giles'; they broke them to pieces in his lodging before he came.

Joseph Errington . I keep a publick house at Kilburn; three men came to my house on Sunday the 17th of May, in the evening, about half after eight; they staid at the door and drank a pot of beer.

Q. Do you know who these men are?

Errington. I believe the prisoner and the accomplice.

Q. Have you any doubt whether the prisoners are the men?

Errington. I have no reason to doubt that they are the men; I have seen them before; I know them perfectly well; one of them desired I would make haste; I served them with the pot of beer. There were some carriages at the door; a gentleman, one Mr. Francis, came by, to whom I had lent my horse; he was in a chaise; I asked him what he had done with my horse? he said he had tied him to a rail at Paddington. Knowing my horse to be shy, I was fearful that by a number of horses and carriages passing, he might break his bridle and get away; therefore I was very angry at Mr. Francis, and told him, I would never let him have my horse again, upon any account; then I sent a man after my horse. Burton had told these circumstances to Sir John Fielding , and a messenger was sent to me from Sir John Fielding 's, who told me what Burton had mentioned about their being at my house that night, and about these circumstances respecting my mare.

Burton was called in again, and deposed, that

he heard the conversation between Mr. Errington and Mr. Francis; that he heard Mr. Errington say, Mr. Francis should not have his mare again, because he had left her at Paddington; that he said before the justice, that Mr. Errington sent two men for her; that he thought so because they met two men afterward coming with the mare.

Errington. I was never at Sir John Fielding 's till after Burton had given this account.

Adam's Defence.

I know nothing about it.

Waters's Defence.

I was not there.

Both Guilty . Death .

See Adams tried No. 430.


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