Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 03 March 2021), October 1730, trial of William Read (t17301014-74).

William Read, Violent Theft > robbery, 14th October 1730.

William Read , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , was indicted for assaulting James Tew , putting him in fear of his Life, and taking from him 12 s. in Money , the 6th of July last.

The Prosecutor depos'd, That he having been at Ratcliff to receive 40l. as he was coming to London over Stepney-Fields, he happened upon the Prisoner and two others, and one of them pretended he had lost 4l. and another that he had won half a Crown, of which another laid claim to 15 d. and they agreed to toss up which should have the whole half Crown, and would have him to hold it the mean time; that he reply'd, he was going towards London, and they walk'd with him, and the Prisoner pulled out a Pack of Cards, and was for cutting for Wagers; that one of them said his Chance should be under 4, and another said he would not play under 2 Guineas; that they importun'd him to cut, that he refus'd, saying, he had no Money; that then they said he should lay down his Ring, that he not consenting, the Prisoner said he had Money, and Money he would have; whereupon he gave him 4 s. that this did not content him, but he reply'd, he had more Money, and if he did not give it him, they would take it by Violence , and no Body being near him to assist him, he did give him 8 or 9 s. more; that he afterwards met him in Pater-Noster-Row, and charg'd the Prisoner, but he ran away, but being pursued, was apprehended in St. Martin's-le-Grand, and would have given him the 12 s. to let him go.

The Prisoner pleaded in his Defence, That he had won the 12 s. of the Prosecutor, and and that the Prosecutor when he apprehended him, threatened, that if he did not give him the Money he had won of him at Gaming , he would swear a Robbery against him.

Miles Rivet depos'd, That when the Prisoner was apprehended, the Prosecutor said, give me the Money you have cheated me of at Gaming, and I have no more to say to you; and if you do not, I will prosecute you, and swear a Robbery against you; and after a full hearing of the Matter, the Jury acquitted the Prisoner.