John Edmonds, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Theft > animal theft, 23rd February 1698.

Reference Number: t16980223-25
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Theft > animal theft
Verdicts: Not Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Death

John Edmonds, alias Great Jack , of the Parish of Staines , Middlesex, was Indicted for Robbing Edward Billingsly Esq ; on the Highway, the 13th of September , and taking from him one Princes Mettle hilted Sword value 40 s. a Saddle, two Keys and 30 s. in Money : But there not being sufficient Evidence to convict him, he was acquitted .

John Edmonds was a second time Indicted for Stealing from the Right Honourable the Earl of Bridgwater , on the 3d of December , one Sorrel Gelding value 30 l. and another Gelding value 30 l. It appeared that upon the Horses being missing out of my Lord's Grounds, search was made after them, and discovered to be taken by the Prisoner and another Person off his Lordship's Ground, and carried further down into the Country; and according to Information given by a person who saw the Prisoner riding on the Sorrel Gelding and the other person they were at last discovered to be brought to the Green-Dragon in Bishopsgate-street, where the Prisoner and the other fellow put them up: It also appear'd, that upon the Prisoner being desired to return the Horses to the Owner when he was in the Country, or he would be hang'd for them; he answered, That if he thought he not in any danger, he would cut the Horses to pieces to prevent a discovery. The Evidence was very full against him both as to his taking and having of the Horses in his Possession, and had nothing to say in his Defence, more than that he had the Sorrel Horse on a Swap, which he could not prove: the Jury brought him in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]


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