Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 25 October 2021), September 1718, trial of James Filewood , alias Violet (t17180910-16).

James Filewood, Theft > grand larceny, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 10th September 1718.

James Filewood , alias Violet of St. Peter's Cornhill , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Pocket, value 2 l. a Handkerchief value 6 s. and 6 Shillings and 5 Pence in Money from the Person of Mary Ranbrook ; the Prosecutor deposed, that going along Cornhill between 9 and 10 of the Clock at Night her Pocket was pull'd off. upon which she cry'd out; other Evidences deposed they laid hold on the Prisoner, and saw the Pocket fall from him, which they took up and gave to the Prosecutor; the Prisoner deny'd the Fact, but it being plainly prov'd the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment Death .

He was likewise a Second time indicted for Assaulting Frances Baldock in the King's Highway; and taking from her a Pocket value 1.s.12 Guinea's 2 Pistoles,&c. the 28th of March last. The Prosecutor depos'd she having been to receive Money in Leaden-hall Street, was follow'd by the Prisoner and another to the end of Wood-street , when one of them catch'd her in his Arms while the other pull'd off her Pocket, but she catch'd hold of the Prisoner, and lying out, a Man came to her assistance, but the Prisoner flung from the Man and ran away, and she saw him no more till he was committed to Newgate for the other Fact; she was positive he was the Man, the Prisoner however deny'd the Fact, and the Jury found him guilty of the indictment. Death .