John Collison, George Altridge, Theft > animal theft, 6th September 1749.

Reference Number: t17490906-16
Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

498, 499. John Collison and George Altridge , were indicted for stealing 1 bay gelding, val. 7 l. 7 s. one black mare, val. 10 l. the goods of Ann Hersel , widow, Aug. 21 .

Ann Hersel . I live at Chatham , the two prisoners were my servant s. I keep a farm ; I lost the horse and mare Aug. 22. out of my yard; when they were stop'd in Smithfield, I had word sent me, and I came up, and the prisoners were in Newgate ; the horse and mare are my property. I went to see the prisoners; they did not deny the stealing them, and said, they hop'd I would not come against them.

Thomas Baker . I live in Cow-lane, the two prisoners at the bar brought this horse and mare to me to sell; I no sooner bid them 6 pounds for them, but they agreed to take it; they being worth much more, I thought proper to stop them, and made inquiry which way they came by them; they went to get vouchers, but brought none, at last they told me they had stole them from their mistress, and likewise where she liv'd; so I and the constable sent her a letter, and she came up and swore to the horse and mare as her property.

John Burchet . I am constable; Mr. Baker came and told me he had two suspicious persons, so we went and charged me with them; upon which I asked one of them, where they had the horses; he stood as though he knew not what to say; the other put words in his mouth, and said, from Lee in Essex; upon which I replied, did you not know without being told: as I talked thus to him of our suspicion, they wanted to go, and he said, then he would lose his horses, if he must lose them, he must lose them. Upon which I told him, he must not go till he had been before a magistrate. The rest as the former witness.

Thomas Bennet an old soldier, deposed, that the two prisoners came to him in Smithfield, and gave him eighteen pence, to say the horses were honestly come by; he took their money and laughed at them, and said, he in his ragged coat looked more likely to steal a horse than to vouch for them.

Collison said, Aldridge came with him to shew him the way to London, and likewise , that his mistress's son gave him the horse and mare .

Both guilty .

Death


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