Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 October 2021), March 1721, trial of John Cobidge (t17210301-57).

John Cobidge, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 1st March 1721.

John Cobidge , of St. Pancras , was indicted for Assaulting Thomas Morris on the High-Way, putting him in Fear, and taking from him 1 s. 6 d. on the 18th of February last. He was a second time indicted for assaulting Stephen Smith on the High-Way, putting him in Fear, and taking from 8s. in Money . Thomas Morris deposed, that he was robb'd by 4 Foot Pads about 7 or 8 a Clock the Evening aforesaid, that they came up and past him and bid him good Night; but they seizing on his Friend Smith who was behind him, he turn'd back to his Assistance, and they clapt two Pistols to his Breast. Stephen Smith deposed, that 4 Men set upon him, and one of them held a Pistol to his Head; that they took 8 s. from him, and beat him sadly. James Reading deposed, the Prisoner, Shaw, Dickinson and himself did the Facts; that they took 18 d. from one, and 8 s. from the other; that the Prisoner held a Pistol to Mr. Smith's Nose, whilst he (this Evidence) took 8 s. from him: that the Prisoner (when taken) gave him (this Evidence) a Pistol to shoot the Constable, that he thereby might make his Escape's, and that he hath been a Thimble-man, or Cups and Balls Man all his Life. The Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments , Death .