Offence: Theft > animal theft
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William Gammon . I live at Clifton, in Oxford shire . I 10 d twelve ewe sheep on the or of November last. I had bought them the 14th of that month, five of which were the property of Mr. Saunders, and the other the property of a neighbour.
Q. Where did you lose them from?
Gammon. They were lost from out of a drove, going into Buckinghamshire
Q How were they mark'd ?
Gammon. Five of them were mark'd with the letter P. and a jag wheel round it, and the other seven with W. G. in a ring.
Q. Where did you see them again ?
Gammon. Mr. Saunders found them again on the 1st of December, but I never saw them till yesterday.
Q. Where ?
Gammon. At Hounslow, in the possession of Mr. Brooks, at the Red-Lion. I know nothing of my own knowledge, of the prisoner's taking them.
Q. Do you know the prisoner?
Gammon. Yes; he was born within two miles of me, and is a shepherd.
Robert Saunders . I live near Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire I gave Mr. Gammon orders to buy sixty for me, after which he sent me word seven of them were warning, and five of my neighbour's. On this say I was at Hounslow Market Gammon having given a letter to a neighbour of his, and order'd him to get them adventured on the Monday) where I heard that a sheep stealer we taken up. I imagining it might be the man that had rob'd Mr. Gammon, went to see the sheep, and found five of them were mark'd with a mark belonging to me, and the other seven with a mark belonging to my neighbour.
Q. Where were the sheep ?
Saunders. They were in the sheep pens in the market. I went to see the prisoner, and asked him how he came by the sheep. He said, he bought them.
Q. Describe the marks.
Q. What is the value of them?
Saunders. They cost me a great deal more than that. The sheep were left with William Brooks , my landlord, at Hounslow. Then I sent word to Gammon to come up to swear to them, who came, and was there when I was.
Q. When did you see them last?
Saunders. We both saw them to-day.
I was going down to see my friends, and met with a man on the road, whom I bought these sheep of, and gave him twelve shillings a piece for them. My friends live in Oxfordshire, and I was going from Aimsworth, in Middlesex.
Q. to Gammon. What is the value of the sheep?
Gammon. I gave 19 s. for each of the five, and 14 s. a piece for the other seven.
Guilty , Death . Recommended.