Ralph Smith, Theft > animal theft, 13th July 1693.

Reference Number: t16930713-31
Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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Ralph Smith was tried for stealing a Black Gelding value 8l. from William Chappel of Stoke-Newington ; the Prisoner was found upon the back of the Horse in the Road without any saddle; the Prisoner said the Horse was in a Lane, and there being water in the Lane, he only made use of him to ride over the Water; but then the King's Witness deposed, That he was met 10 miles from the ground where the Horse was, upon the Gelding's back, as aforesaid; and that when he was asked where he was going with it, he reply'd that it was his Master's Horse, and that he was going a Journey. He could give no good account of himself. He was found guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

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