15th January 1817
Reference Numbert18170115-55
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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202. CHARLES HUGHES and ROBERT PENMAN were indicted, for feloniously assaulting Isaac Prigg , on the King's highway, on the 28th of December , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, one watch, value 30s.; one seal, value 2s.; two keys, value 2d.; and one chain, value 6d. , his property.

ISAAC PRIGG . I live in White-cross-street; I am a labourer . On the 28th of December, about half-past three o'clock in the afternoon, I was going along Ball-alley ; it leads from Half-moon-street. I was met by the two prisoners, they pressed me against the wall, they could pass me very well without touching me; it was evidently done on purpose. I said, there is plenty of room, why stop me; they still pressed me against the wall. I saw them turn into Long-alley. I felt, and found my watch gone. I followed them, and gave the alarm; neither of them appeared to be lame. When I came to Crown-street, I saw the prisoner, Hughes, in custody; there was a seal and key on my watch, it was worth 30s. I am sure the prisoners are the men who stopped me. When they had pressed against me, they turned back.

Prisoner PENMAN. Did you not tell the magistrate that you did not know me - A. I swore to him directly.

WILLIAM EADEN . I am a jeweller. I was in Crown-street about half-past three o'clock in the afternoon of the 28th of December, I was just by Long-alley; Hughes run furiously by me, up to Crown-street, and turned up Clifton-street; he was stopped near a low piece of ground dug for the foundation of a house. I saw him throw something white behind him into the low ground. I went there and found the watch, and seals, and key.

WILLIAM SPENCER . I am a painter. I was going down Long-alley, and saw the prisoner, Hughes, running towards me. The prosecutor was running also.

BARNARD GLEED. I am an officer. The prisoner, Hughes, was brought to Worship-street office, on the 28th of December; I received some information from him. I apprehended Penman at a public-house in Wentworth-street; he said, he had not been in company with Hughes, but he had met him in Moorfields that day.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

HUGHES' Defence. I was going home at the time. I am innocent.

Court to SPENCER. Were there many persons round him - A. Only the person who stopped him.

PENMAN'S Defence. I had met Hughes in Moorfields, as I was going to work; I asked him how he did: that is all that passed.

PRIGG. The passage was very wide.

HUGHES - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 19.


Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Park.

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