Joseph Bowen.
1st May 1717
Reference Numbert17170501-35
VerdictGuilty
SentenceMiscellaneous > fine; Corporal > whipping

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Joseph Bowen , was indicted for a Misdemeanor in breaking and entring the Church-yard in St. Botolph's Bisbopsgate , and taking away the Body of William Childers , in order to its being dissected . Several Evidences deposed they were present at the Interment of the Body, and others that they were drinking at the Rose Inn in Smithfield with Mr. John Kersey , Chirurgeon at Oxford, when the Hamper was brought in; and that he said he gave the Prisoner a Guinea for it, for which they were suspected as Accomplices, and sent to the Counter. The Prisoner did not deny the Fact, but owned that he and another took up the dead Body, put it first into a Sack and then into a Hamper, and afterwards convey'd it to Smithfield. So the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment; and since he and his Fraternity are grown such common Disturbers, that the Dead can't rest quietly in their Graves for'em, is sentenced to a condign Punishment.

[Fine. See summary.]

[Whipping. See summary.]


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