Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 25 September 2023), September 1720, trial of Robert Jackson (t17200907-28).

Robert Jackson, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 7th September 1720.

Robert Jackson , of Paddington , was indicted for Assaulting John Andrews on the High Way, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch and Seal value 4 l. 10 s. and 1 s. in Money on the 15th of August last. The Prosecutor deposed that coming from Layton Buzzard in Bedfordshire with 2 Friends, he saw the Prisoner at the White Lion at Paddington, who rode with them near to Tyburn , and then clapt a Pistol to his Breast and Robbed him; that hearing one was taken up for Robbing on such a Mare, he went to the Gate House and saw him, and to the Stable in the Hay Market, to see the Mare; that he is sure the Prisoner is the same Person who Robbed him, and that he rode the same Mare when he committed the Fact. Mr. Bedcott deposed, that he came along with the Prosecutor, and had a Child before him, that at the Place aforesaid the Prisoner clapt a Pistol to the Child's Head and said to this Evidence, G - d D - n you, stand and deliver your Money and Watch; and that he saw the Prisoner clap a Pistol to the Prosecutor's Breast, and take his Watch; that he is sure the Prisoner is the same Person. Mr. Glenister deposed, that he was coming about that time the same Road with a Charge of Money about him and one like the Prisoner rid a side of him some time, then crost a Head of him and bid him stand; but he knowing the Goodness of his Breast turn'd about, clapt Spurs and rode back to Paddington but could not be positive the Prisoner was the same Person. Mr. Chasin deposed, that he keeps the White Horse Inn in the Hay Market, and going into his Stable and seeing the Prisoner's Mare there in a trembling Condition, and answering the Description he had heard of one that was on the Road, enquired for the Owner, and laid wait for him against he came in and took him going into the Stable; that he clapt a pistol to his Breast which did not go off, when he Apprehended him, and another was found about him loaded. The Prisoner had nothing to say in his Defence but a bare denial of the Fact, which did not avail him against such positive Evidence. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .