Henry Jackson, John Hill.
28th February 1728
Reference Numbert17280228-57
VerdictsNot Guilty; Not Guilty

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Henry Jackson , and the aforesaid John Hill , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Weather Sheep, value 20 s. and an Ewe Sheep, value 20 s. on the 6th of Feb . last.

John Hill, Jun. still made himself an Evidence, and depos'd, That he being concerned with the prisoners, they went on the 6th of Feb. last, into a place, call'd the East Marshes, in the Isle of Dogs , and that there they took a Sheep, and he helped the prisoners to kill it, and that the prisoners said, If he would not go with them to steal Sheep, they would betray him for Crimes he had committed afore-time, of the like Nature. Henry Jackson had several Captains of Ships to appear for his Character, saying, He had lived in Repute, been Master of a Vessel, and ever behaved himself very honestly. This with the Evidence not being clear against them, they were both acquitted .

John Hill was a third Time indicted, for stealing another Ewe Sheep, value 20 s. on the 12th of Feb . last, the Property of the aforesaid Anthony Ridley .

The Prosecutor depos'd, That he had lost several Sheep in the last Year out of the Marshes, and that he had received Information against the Prisoners from one Vincent Morril , and Edward Sheffield , who severally depos'd, That the Prisoners had taken Sheep out of the Marshes, and that they had found considerable Quantities of Mutton in the Prisoner's House, and that the Skins of the Sheep which he stole was slung into the River of Thames. But this did not prove the Sheep to be stolen, to be the property of the Prosecutor; upon which he was acquitted .

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