Offence: Miscellaneous > returning from transportation
John Oney , alias Honey , was indicted for returning from Transportation , it appearing, That on the 9th of November, in the twelfth Year of his late Majesty, he feloniously stole four Weather-Sheep, the Property of Philip Freeman , for which on the 8th of December following, he was try'd and convicted at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bailey, and being found Guilty, to the Value of 4 s. and 10 d. was ordered to be transported, to one of his Majesty's Plantations in America, for the Space of seven Years, but being found at large, in the Parish of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , on the 10th of this Instant, he was now indicted for a Breach of the Statute in that Case made and provided.
Several Witnesses depos'd, That he was the Person who was convicted, and actually transported at the Time, and for the Fact aforementioned, and that at his Return, he said, he was so aged, and infirm, that no one would buy, or employ him; and that after he had rambled, and begg'd about the Country, for a considerable Time, a Captain gave him a Pass to England.
This was likewise a Part of his Defence, he further adding, That he did not design to come to England, but go for Ireland, (but that being in his Majesty's Dominions, is contrary to the Statute) that in America they put him on Board against his Will, that he was seventy four Years of Age, and had almost lost his Sight in his Majesty's Service, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .