Richard Jones.
8th April 1730
Reference Numbert17300408-14
VerdictNot Guilty

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Richard Jones , of St. Dunstan's Stepney , was indicted for feloniously stealing a black Gelding, Value 5 l. and a Mare, Value 5 l. the Property of Benjamin Coker , jun. the 14th of March last.

The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Horses were lost out of his Stable, in the Night time, and they were found in the Green-Yard , by the Information of the Constable of the Green-Yard .

Thomas Elderkin depos'd, That he secur'd the Horses in the Stable on the 14th of March in the Evening, and in the Morning they were gone, the Halters having been unty'd; that the outward Gate of the Yard was hasp'd with an Iron Chain, but was found open.

Thomas Howard depos'd, That as he was going to Work at Mr. Martin's , he met with the Prisoner, and he gave him a Mug of Drink, and told him, that he would give him a Shilling if he would go with him, and appointed him to come to him in Mr. Preston's Hay-loff that Morning, where he found the Prisoner; that he went with him to Stepney Church-Yard , and the Prisoner bid him stay there, and went away a little while, and came again, and said there were Horses, and brought one, and then went and fetcht another, and that they rid them away, the Prisoner directing him to turn sometimes to the Right-hand, and sometimes to the Left , and they came to White-Chappel, and from thence to Moor-gate , and that a Watchman examining where they were going, the Prisoner reply 'd, D - n you, you Son of a Bitch, what is that to you; that the Prisoner bid him carry the Horses to the Green-Yard.

Richard Paul , William Lake, and William Devereux , the Gate-keeper, and Watch at Moor-gate depos'd, They saw the Evidence Howard with the Horses, but did not see the Prisoner ; so there being no Evidence against the Prisoner but that of Thomas Howard , the Jury acquitted him.

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