John Smith.
28th February 1722
Reference Numbert17220228-49
VerdictNot Guilty > directed

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John Smith , alias King , of Stepney , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling of John Holland , and taking from thence a Wastcoat, val. 3 s. 2 Shirts, val. 6 s. and other Things, on the 18th of September last, in the Night time . John Holland depos'd, that coming home about 7 in the Evening, he found his Window broke open. and some of his Goods gone; and that the prisoner had own'd to him just before, he was the Man who committed that Robbery. This prisoner was order'd to be sent to Gloucester, there to be try'd for several Robberies on the Highway; but there being a great many cast for their Lives this Sessions, and the prisoner being a lusty Fellow, the Court was inform'd that this was a Contrivance to prevent his going to Gloucester; that so by being condemn'd here, he might assist them in their Design of making and escape. Upon which the Court directed the Jury to find him not guilty , and the Keepers to secure him.

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