John Dixon, Miscellaneous > returning from transportation, 2nd May 1764.

Reference Number: t17640502-75
Offence: Miscellaneous > returning from transportation
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

309. (L.) John Dixon was indicted for returning from transportation, before the expiration of his time . ++

The record of his trial and conviction was read in court, setting forth that he was tried in October sessions, 1762, at the court in the Old Bailey, for stealing seven shirts, a handkerchief, and a pair of leather breeches; for which he was found guilty, and received sentence of transportation. (See No. 293, in Sir Samuel Fludyer 's mayoralty.)

John Parker . I know the prisoner well, he was tried here in Sir Samuel Fludyer's mayoralty, for stealing seven shirts, a handkerchief, and a pair of breeches, the property of Mr. Malcolm Hamilton : it is about a year and a half ago. My wife unfortunately bought some of the shirts. He was cast, and received sentence of transportation. I was a witness on the trial, and was present when he received sentence. A neighbour of mine told me he was come back again.

Q. from prisoner. Whether that evidence is not acquainted with the thief-takers, that would swear my life away.

Parker. I know none of them.

George Watson . On Easter Tuesday I took the prisoner up, in Little Bell-alley, Coleman-street: there was a cry of stop thief: he was running along, and I took him there.

Robert Ride . I saw the prisoner go into a house in Little Bell-alley, and bring a bundle out, on Easter Tuesday: I did not know then he had stole them: he came by me.

Q. from prisoner to Parker. Whether you did not say you would be revenged on me, because we had a few words once?

Parker. I never saw him till I saw him in Newgate since he was transported: I had not troubled myself with him, had he not threatened me, and I looked upon myself in danger.

Guilty . Death .


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