John Sibthorne, Theft > animal theft, 2nd July 1755.

Reference Number: t17550702-4
Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

255. (M.) John Sibthorne , was indicted for stealing one bay gelding, value 8 l. the property of Roger Atwood , June 20 . +

Abraham Atwood . Roger Atwood is my father, he is a butcher at Basingstoke; we lost a bay gelding the 20th of June.

Q. When had you seen the gelding last?

Atwood. None of our people had seen him for a fortnight before he was missing.

Q. Where was he in keeping?

Atwood. He was at grass in my father's ground.

Q. When did you see him again?

Atwood. I saw him last monday was sen'night, at Mr. Blakes's, at the Cross-keys, St. John's-street, and swore to him, as my father's property.

Q. From what parish was he taken away?

Atwood. From out of the parish of Basingstoke.

Q. When did you first see the prisoner ?

Atwood. I saw him the same day I saw the horse at the Cross-keys, in Clerkenwell-bridewell. I asked him if he was the person that took the horse; he said, I am.

Q. What is the horse worth?

Atwood. He is worth 8 l.

William Blakes . I keep the Cross-keys-inn, St. John's-street. On Friday was sen'night, the

prisoner brought the bay gelding to my house, and ordered the horse to stand there, and have a feed of corn, saying he was going to sell him; he went away, and the horse stood in the stable till the Friday after; then a gentleman, named Bell, in Cow-cross, came, and said, the prisoner had liv'd with him some time before, and that he had trusted him to sell a horse in Smithfield-market, and he had sold the horse, and ran away with the money; and on the Friday was sen'night, the other witness came and challenged the horse, as his father's property; his father came also with him, and he swore to the horse.

Prisoner's defence.

I was coming up to see for a place; I met with two dealing men; they ask'd me where I was going? I said I was going to Smithfield-market; they desired me to take the horse up to the market, and told me they would follow me, and pay me for bringing him there.

Guilty , Death .


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