Offence: Theft > animal theft
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William Lythe , of St. George Hanover Square , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Geldings, value 50 l. on the 23rd of January last, the Property of John Sentamore .
The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner was his Groom of his Stables, and Word being brought that his Horses were gone, he went, and was surprised that the Door had not been broke open, upon which he suspected the Prisoner to be the Thief, and accordingly apprehended him, and carrying him before Justice Blagney, he confess'd he had agreed with one James Barrington to steal the Horses, and that Barrington was gone off with them, and was to bring him half the Money for which he should sell them the next Day.
James Maccabine depos'd, That he was present when the Prisoner was tax'd with stealing the Horses, and asked what would be the Consequence if he should confess, that afterwards, when they came into Justice Blagney's Entry, he said, he agreed with Barrington to go halves in the Money for which the Horses should be sold, and that he gave the Keys of the Stables to Barrington, and he took the Horses away in order to sell them the next Day. This was likewise confirmed by two other Witnesses, Mr. Kelley and John Handcock . He made a trifling Defence very little to the Purpose, and the Fact appearing plain, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .