Lewis Vain, Theft > animal theft, 27th April 1720.

Reference Number: t17200427-59
Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Lewis Vain , of Paddington , was indicted for feloniously stealing a black Mare value 7 l. the Goods of Joseph Baker , on the 1st of December last. The Prosecutor deposed that he lost his Mare out of the Fields near Tybourn on the 30th of November, whereupon he advertised it in the News, and had a Letter of advice sent him by Mr. Binks from Topsham near Exeter; whereupon he rid thither and found her. Edward Binks deposed, that reading the Advertisement at the Coffee House, found by the Discription, (which was very remarkable) that it must be the same Mare the Prisner rode upon, who had come a Day and half's Journey along with him, whereupon he went to the Inn and secur'd both Mare and Prisoner, and sent a Letter thereof to Mr. Baker; and that the Prisoner offer'd to sell her several times. The Prisoner in his Defence said that he bought her in Smithfield, but could not prove it. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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