John Ridge, Theft > animal theft, 27th April 1720.

Reference Number: t17200427-23
Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Ridge of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Black Mare, value 6 l. the Property of William Gatford , on the 15th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed that he lost his Mare out of Boney in Sussex on the 14th, and found her at Mr. Upton's in Smithfield. Mr. Upton deposed that the Prisoner brought her into Smithfield on the 15th, and set a Boy upon her to sell her; that he sold her to Mr. Yates, who gave a Shilling Earnest for her; but the Prisoner not being able to produce Vouchers at the Toll-Book, the Mare remained there till the Prosecutor came and own'd her. The Prisoner pleaded that he had her of the Prosecutor's Wife, but could not prove it. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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