John Robertson.
5th July 1727
Reference Numbert17270705-20
VerdictsNot Guilty

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John Robertson , of St. Mary Whitepchapel , was indicted for stealing a Cock, value 10 d and a Duck, value 12 d. on the 26th of August last, the Goods of Jonathan Shortly : He was a second Time indicted for stealing four Fowls, value 4 s. about the same Time, the Property of John Readmourn ; but the former Prosecution appearing malicious, and the latter not evident, he was acquitted ; yet the indefatigable Prosecutor was so industrious to keep the Court in Suspence for three Quarters of an Hour about a Cock and a Bull, a Dog and two Chickens; the most material Evidence was Elizabeth Robertson , the Prisoner's Sister, who dressed a Cock and a Duck for her Brother, but whether it was a Game Cock or a Dunghill Cock, she could not positively aver, protesting a Cock was a Thing in which she had no Judgement.

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