21st April 1773
Reference Numbert17730421-24
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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386. (L.) WILLIAM PARKER was indicted for stealing a black gelding, value 6 l. the property of William Empson , March 26th . *

William Empson . I keep an academy at Tooting in Surry; on the 25th of March my horse was missing; I saw him the day before; I came to London, and examined the toll book at Smithfield, and found a horse like mine was bought by one Charles Freelove . I went to Mr. Freelove's and found my horse in his possession.

Q. Are you sure it was your horse?

Empson. Yes; it is a black gelding, about fourteen hands high; Freelove delivered the horse to me; I went to Langhorn's Repository in Barbican to sell this horse, and Freelove came to me, and told me he had got the thief: I know nothing of the prisoner.

Charles Freelove . On the 26th of March, I bought a gelding of the prisoner at Smithfield-market, here is the copy of the toll book (producing it). I gave him, 3 l. 5 s. 6 d. for it; I am positive the prisoner is the person; I should know him from a hundred; I gave him a guinea carnest till I saw whether he would draw: he came again and was with me very near three hours; so that I took particular notice of the man; the horse was challenged by Mr. Empson; a fortnight and a day after I bought it some school boys came to me and asked if my name was Freelove, and if I had bought a black gelding, and described all the marks of it; I went the same afternoon down to Mr. Empson's, and he came up with me and owned the horse; and I delivered it to him.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was going on the road between Streatham, and Stockwell, and met a man with this horse going to Smithfield, he asked 3 l. for it; I told him I would give him 2 l. he let me have it; and I came directly to Smithfield.

Guilty. Death .

Recommended by the Prosecutor.

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