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<interp inst="t17170227-51-victim310" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and stealing from thence a Holland Shirt, value 5 s. a Cloath Wastcoat, val.4 s. </rs> the
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t17170227-51-off260 t17170227-51-cd256"/>, last. The Prosecutor deposed, That the Wall, of his House was broken, and the Goods taken away; that his Daughter saw him with the Stockings on his Legs and his Shirt on his Back. The Constable and his Assistant deposed, That when they apprehended him, he confest the Wastcoat, and promised, that, if they would let him go, the Prosecutor should have his Wastcoat, and he would never come to Acton more that it was produced, and after he was very desperate and mischievously bent, attempting to catch up a Hedging-Bill, and afterwards catched up a Smoothing-Plain, and knocking out the Chisel, swore he would Split the Man down that should come near him, and at last made his Escape out at the Window.</p>
<p>He was a Second time indicted for an
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t17170227-51-off260 t17170227-51-cd258"/> last, of which he languished till the 24th, and then dyed </rs>.
<persName id="t17170227-51-person313"> Thomas Peacock
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<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="171702270007"/> out, and he seemed to have been dragg'd along the Ground, where he supposed the Person, who left him in that Condition, thought they left him Dead; but he recovering himself, had gotten in the Stile. By that time they got up to him he was Spent, and they endeavouring to lead him home between them, before they had got him 4 Yards he fainted; and asking him who had made him in that Condition, he had only Strength to say one, and said no more; they with much Difficulty got him home, being then Saturday-night, and on the Monday he dyed. Thomas deposed, That a little before 5 of the Clock he met the Deceased, about a Mile and half from that place, going home, and had a Hat on when he met him; which Hat was found in the Custody of
<persName id="t17170227-51-person314"> Christopher Barnel
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<interp inst="t17170227-51-person315" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . Elizabeth Lewis deposed, that Hat was flung down into the Cellar of
<persName id="t17170227-51-person316"> Elizabeth Alloway
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<interp inst="t17170227-51-person316" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . Elizabeth Alloway deposed, that she found it going down into her Cellar, and that Sweetbones said the Hat was his and he flung it down there out of Roguery. Mr. Prince and his Wife, in St. Giles, where he lodged, deposed, That the Prisoner went away on the Friday the 21st, and said he was going to Acton , to see his Mother, and came home about 8 of the Clock at Night on Saturday the 22d.
<persName id="t17170227-51-person317"> Elizabeth Lewis
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<interp inst="t17170227-51-person317" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> deposed, That when the Prisoner went away on Friday the 21st, be said he had no Money, and he borrow'd 6 d. of her. They deposed likewise, that when he came home he asked Mrs. Prince what he owned her, she told him, he gave her a Guinea to change, out of which she received between 16 and 17 s. and then he gave her a Guinea to lay by for him. He said his Mother had given him that Mony, i.e. two Guineas out of 3. They deposed like wife, that his Sleeve of his Frock was torn almost off, and his Hands all Bloody: they asked him how he came to be so, he replyed that he had been Fighting with a Friend that he loved as dearly as his own Brother in St. James's Hay. Market. They ask'd him how he happened to have 2 Hats, he told them, that he had taken his Friends Hat and his own too. This was likewise deposed by one Mr. Cheesebrook.
<persName id="t17170227-51-person318"> Mary Beal
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<interp inst="t17170227-51-person318" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> , Grandaughter to the Deceased, swore positively, that which was the Prisoner, and which he owned to be his, was a Key of her Grandfathers that he usually carryed in his Pocket, the Prisoner in his defence denyed he had been at Acton; he said that he had the Mony of his Mother In the Hay-market; likewise, that the Hat was the Hat of his Friend (who he said was his Cousin,) and with whom he had been fighting; that the Key was his own, and he had had it 5 Years. Being asked, why he did not produce that Friend with whom he had been Fighting, he said he was gone to Scotland.
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<interp inst="t17170227-51-person319" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> deposed, that the 16th of January he lifted the Prisoner as a Dragoon; that hearing of his being like to be charg'd with this Murther, advised him to go down to the Reigment; but he answered, he had done nothing, and did not fear. After a full hearing of these Matters, the Jury
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<p>He was a Third time
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<persName id="t17170227-51-person321"> Thomas Ogaleshaw
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<persName id="t17170227-51-person326"> Christopher Farmel
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<persName id="t17170227-51-person327"> Mary Beal
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<persName id="t17170227-51-person328"> John Peacock
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<interp inst="t17170227-51-person328" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> deposed, he had try'd that Key and it did open and appear'd to be the Key of the Deceased's Box, where his Writings and such things Lay. His Mother being in Court could not swear that she had given him any Mony, but only said his Sister told her that she had given it him. Upon the whole, he not being able to prove any one thing he had said, nor say any thing but what he had said upon the last Indictment, the Jury found him
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<note>[Death. See summary.]</note> </rs> </p> </div1></div0>
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