Joseph Hudson, Theft > animal theft, 28th August 1741.

Reference Number: t17410828-7
Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Guilty > theft under 40s
Punishment: Death

8. Joseph Hudson , of St. Luke Middlesex , was indicted for stealing a gelding of a black colour, val. 6 l. 6 s. the property of Joshua Thompson ; April the 20th .

Joshua Thompson . I lost a black gelding with a stripe down his face out of my stable near the Fox and Goose , at the Dog-house bar ; but I was out of town, so that I know nothing of the fact but what my servants told me.

Richard George Gregory . One day in April last, about 7 o'clock in the morning, the Prisoner and I went to this man's stable in Oldstreet , and about 11 o'clock the Prisoner broke the door open.

Q. Was the door lock'd?

Gregory. I can't tell whether it was or no, but he took away the horse, and bid me stand stag for fear any body should come by.

Q. What did you do with the horse?

Gregory. We sold him to a collar maker to be knock'd o'the head, for he was but a poor horse.

Thompson. The horse was blind indeed, but I would not have taken 10 l. for him, for all they sold him to a collar maker.

Gregory. We did sell him to a collar maker for 7 s. 6 d. and I had part of the odd 6 d. and the Prisoner had the rest.

Jonathan Emley . I saw the horse in the stable at 7 o'clock that morning, and at 11 when I came home with a load of hay he was gone.

Thomas Gilton . My father is the collar maker, and is lame, or else he would have been here himself. The Prisoner sold us a horse between 12 and 1 in the day time, about the middle of April. He ask'd 12 s. for it, and my father bid him 5 s. for we never give more for any horse. The Prisoner sell his price to 9 s. and at last took 7 s. 6 d. for him, and I took the horse to the Duke of Cumberland's killing and kill'd him. He was beat with broomsticks from shoulder to flank, and did not look worth 10 s. to us.

Prisoner. I never saw the horse, nor never (ever) was near the place.

The jury found him guilty to the value of 7 s. 6 d. Death .


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