William Simpson, Theft > animal theft, 27th August 1729.

Reference Number: t17290827-43
Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Simpson , of the Parish of St. Sepulchre's , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Black Gelding, value 10 l. the Property of John Tail , the 17th of August last. The Prosecutor depos'd, he dwelt at Ashamstead , and that having lost two Horses out of his Ground, he missing them in the Morning, and finding an old blind Horse left in their stead, all in a Sweat, and the Saddle-mark on his Back, then conjectur'd that his Horses were but newly stolen; there upon he took his Horse, and immediately rid in search after them; that coming to the Turnpike, he, upon Enquiry, was inform'd that 2 Horses, whose Marks exactly answer'd to those of his Horses, pass'd through the Turnpike between 3 and 4 a-Clock that Morning; that going on, and by several Enquiries he was inform'd by a Carrier that he might find one of his Horses at Maidenhead, which he did; and at an Inn there, was told, that if he rode to London, he might meet with the other there; that thereupon he rode to London, and going to the Rose-Inn on Snow-Hill, and enquiring for the Horse there, receiv'd Intelligence that such a Horse had been there, but was sold; that then he went to the Toll-Man in Smithfield, and there he was told, the Horse was gone to the Green-Yard, that none coming to vouch for the Horse but the Hostler, the Buyer, one Mr. Hyburn, not being satisfied with him, as a Voucher, had left the Money in his (the Toll-man's) Hand till the next Morning, when the Prisoner was to bring more satisfactory Vouchers; that thereupon he got the Prisoner secur'd; and he owning the Horse, Mr. Hyburn, the Buyer, had his Money return'd. The Fact being plainly prov'd, and the Prisoner having little to say in his Defence, but that sometimes he bought him; and at other times, he bred him; neither on which he could prove; but the contrary of which being prov'd upon Oath by the Prosecutor, the Jury found him guilty . Death .

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