Offence: Theft > animal theft
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John Martin . I live at the parish of Funtington, in Sussex , am a farmer ; I missed a black horse with two white legs behind, burnt with an N on the near buttock, and a star in his forehead. On the fifteenth of June, in the morning, I and my son took each a horse, and rode, and enquired for him, and stuck up bills at publick places, but could not hear of him. On the 23d of August I was informed he was at Isleworth; there I went and found him in the possession of Mr Farnell; I have him now.
Court. Describe the horse.
Farnell. He had an N on his near hip, two white heels, and a star in his face. Afterwards
Thomas Taylor . This black gelding has two white feet, an N on his hip, and a star in his forehead. The prisoner came on him to my house in Wandsworth on the 17th or 18th of July; he said, he bought this horse at Chichester; he said, he cost 6 l. You have got some grass; and said, if I would let him be with me, and could sell him for 7 l. what I made above that I should have for myself. I kept him about three weeks. Mr. Rice told me, that Mr. Brookes, at the Red-Lion at Hounslow, wanted to buy a horse, and desired to take him there; I did; there was the prisoner; and Mr Brookes and we could not agree; so I delivered him to the prisoner there in his gate-way.
Q. Have you seen him since?
Taylor. I saw him since at justice Birkhead's.
Q. In whose possession was he in?
Taylor. In the possession of Mr. Farnell.
Q. What became of him afterwards?
Taylor. That I do not know.
Guilty . Death .
Other indictments were against him for stealing 12 other horses.
This is the same person that gave evidence by the name of Raise, against Kingsmill, Fairall, Perrin, Lillywhite, and Glover, for breaking the King's Custom-house at Pool, and stealing from thence 30 hundred weight of tea; see their trial in April Sessions-Paper, 1749, in the Mayoralty of Sir William Calvert , Knt. and likewise was admitted an evidence against divers persons at Chichester for the barbarous murder of Galley a Custom-house officer; and Chater, a shoemaker of Fording-bridge in the year 1748-9.