Hether Landale.
1st May 1728
Reference Numbert17280501-12
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty

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Hether Landale , of Alhallows Barkin, near the Tower , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Tankard. value 6 l. on the 24 th of April last, the Property (and in the House) of John Cummings .

He was a 2d Time indicted for privately stealing a Silver Tankard, value 6 l. the Property (and in the House) of John Yateman , on the 24th of March, 1726-7 .

To the first Indictment, Elizabeth Cummings depos'd, That the Prisoner came into her House with another Person, and call d for a Tankard of Drink, that they call'd for Pen and Ink, pretending to have great Business, and afterwards sent for Meat to a Cook's Shop in the Neighbourhood, but not liking it when it came, the other Person said he would fetch some Veal, and presently the Prisoner offer'd to go out himself hastily, but this Deponent fearing that her Tankard was not safe, and the Reckoning not being paid, she stopp'd him, and found the Tankard was gone.

Jasper Bensh , and the Daughter of the Prosecutor confirm'd the Prisoner's being in Company with another Person; that the Tankard was convey'd away at the Time that they were intrusted with it, and that the other Person being gone, the Prisoner endeavour'd to force his way out likewise, the Jury found him guilty . Death .

To the 2d Indictment, Mrs. Yateman depos'd, That the Prisoner came to her House on the 24th of March was Twelvemonth, and seemed positive in the Person, that he took away a Silver Tankard, and brought her Daughter, who like wise seem'd positive as to his Person; but the Prisoner calling Mr. Allen and Mr. Ewell, they severally depos'd, That he was then, and had been for 2 Years past a close confin'd Prisoner in Newgate, till discharg'd by his Majesty's most gracious Pardon last Sessions. The Prosecutor infinuated to the Court, that he might have been let out to commit Robberies, and then go back again; but the Evidence of Mr. Allen and Mr. Ewell gaining more Credit than that vulgur Insinuation, and it appearing incongruous, that they should run the Risque of forfeiting their Reputation, and laying all that is valuable at Stake, at the Mercy of a Villain, who would, no Doubt, embrace the Opportunity of Running away, sooner than return to meet Justice in the Face, and run the Hazzard of his Life, by standing a Trial. Upon this last Indictment, the Jury acquitted him.

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