Adam Mash, Damage to Property > arson, 3rd December 1729.

Reference Number: t17291203-25
Offence: Damage to Property > arson
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Adam Mash , of Harrow on the Hill , was indicted for Wickedly and Wilfully burning, consuming, and setting Fire to a Sheep-House and Stables, belonging to William Newman , November the 6th .

William Newman thus depos'd. On November the 6th betwen eleven and twelve o'Clock in the Night time, a Sheep-House, Hen-House, and two Granges belonging to me, were on fire. I went to bed about 9 the same Evening, and discover'd the Fire about 12, by the Tiles flying against my Window. The Prisoner at the Bar threatned to make a great Fire that Evening, and he living about six Miles off,

and having been at a Sisters of mine, I sent for the Prisoner, and ask'd the Reason why he bore such Malice? he said, because I did not give him Money enough for Reaping some Wheat.

Richard Widgington depos'd, That he being in the Stable that was burnt down the Night the Fire happen'd, saw the Prisoner come from the Sheep-House.

John Weedon depos'd, That the Prisoner was at his House that Night the Fire happen'd, to ask Relief, but he would not relieve him, and the Prisoner curs'd Mr. Newman, and play'd antick Tricks about the Yard.

William Read depos'd, That the Prisoner came to Mrs. Newman's House, and she gave him some Victnals, and he ask'd what that was good for? upon which this Deponent ask'd him where he was going? he said to make a great Fire.

Job Wright depos'd, That he went to the Barn where the Prisoner lay, and ask'd him why he did not help Mr. Newman at the Fire? the Prisoner said, he had wore out his Shoes already, and he only made a little Fire by the Sheep-House to warm himself, but wish'd the Dwelling-House a fire, and Mr. Newman in the middle of it.

Other Evidences depos'd to the same effect, as to wishing Mr. Newman's House on Fire, adding, that the Morning after the Fire was, Mr. Newman ask'd the Prisoner why he wish'd him so much hurt? he answer'd, forgive me, and I will do so no more; I was only angry that you did not give me Money enough for reaping some Wheat.

George Wild depos'd, That the Prisoner said if he was transported, he would do Mr. Newman a Mischief, if he came again seven Years hence.

The Prisoner own'd his speaking the Words to the Effect in the Depositions against him, but deny'd his Committing the Fact. Upon the whole, the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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