Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 May 2021), May 1816, trial of ELIAZAR DAVIS (t18160529-92).

ELIAZAR DAVIS, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 29th May 1816.

667. ELIAZAR DAVIS was indicted for feloniously assaulting Thomas Shilson , in the King's highway, on the 14th of April , for putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, a watch, value 3l. and a hat value 5s. his property .

THOMAS SHILSON . On the 13th of April, I was at the Duke's Head, in St. Martin's-street . I was robbed when I came out of the house, at about half past twelve o'clock. I was not quite so sober as I am now. A party gave me a shove on the shoulder when I came out. I am sure I did not stagger against any body. They shoved me right off the foot pavement; then another party came up and hit me right on the side of the head, and down I went into the middle of the road. I got up and had one istrike at the man that knocked me down. I never could find the man that knocked me down. There were three together. I think the prisoner was with the man that knocked me down. After I got up from that, a third party knocked me down; and then my watch and hat was taken. I got hold of the prisoner, and he got from me, by his jacket tearing. He was taken the next night; the others ran away, and the prisoner might have run away if he pleased.

CHARLES BARTWELL . I am a hackney coachman, and drive No. 237. I was out with my coach when this robbery was committed. I took the prosecutor to St. Martin's-lane, and brought him back again.

NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.