James Watts, Peter Barnwell, Brian O Cane, Theft > animal theft, 10th December 1684.

Reference Number: t16841210-43
Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Guilty; Not Guilty
Punishment: Death

James Watts , Peter Barnwell , and Brian O Cane , Indicted for stealing a Gelding price 10l. on the 14 of Oct. from Richard Winlow , the proof was that the said Winlow, on the 16 of Sept. last, was Robbed near Sto Church, as he was returning from Ailesbury fair, buy 3 Men, 2 on Horseback and one on Foot, who took from him and his Wife the Gelding aforesaid, as likewise, Scarfes, Rings, and a Necklace of Beads, but he soon after finding his Saddle at a private house upon the Road where they had left it, with a direction to send it to the Bell Inn in the Strand, he taking the advice of Capt. Richardson, to whom he applied himself, carryed the Saddle accordingly as it was directed to the Tapster, desiring him to stop any Person that should come for it, when soon after, Brian O Cane came to demand it, for his Master James Watts, who being accordingly stayed, gave directions how to find his Master, who in fine, was taken together, with Peter Barnwell, after some resistance at Chelsey, and the gelding found at the Bell-Inn in Westminster, Watts owning the Saddle and the Horse, and Barnwell having about him a Handkerchief and Necklace, taken from Winlows Wife, and in Watts Chamber a broken Ring found, being part of the goods of Winlow, the trivial excuses they made of Innocence, they not being able to bring any proof, where they were at the time the Robbery was Committed, Watts and Barnwell were found Guilty of the Fellony, for the Horse which was found in Middlesex, but not of the Robbery, by reason it was Committed in another County, and Brian O Cane acquitted , there being no proof against him.

[Death. See summary.]


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