18th October 1775
Reference Numbert17751018-54
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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768. (L.) JOSEPH HACKNEY was indicted for stealing forty pounds weight of cable rope, value ten shillings , the property of John Banes , Thomas Wood , Isaac Estridge , and Spencer Wood , September the 27th . ++

- Millier. Messrs. Banes, Wood, and Estridge, are partners in the coal trade . I am servant to Mr. Banes; I saw the prisoner taking the ropes, and took him in the fact. On the 27th of September, between twelve and one at night, I saw him cut the cable off the craft; it was fastened to one of the pillars of Black-friar's Bridge; he unreved it through the rings, and cast it into a second barge; then he cut the headfast of that barge, and cast it into a third barge; then he curled it up and cast it in a fourth barge. We make them fast to one another; they all belonged to Mr. Banes and Co. I went down the stairs into the barge to him, and secured him immediately, and took him to Bridewell.

William Emery . I saw the prisoner cut the barges headfasts, and remove them out of one barge to another till he came to the fourth.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was unloading a boat of garden-stuff for Fleet-market; I went to the head of this boat to ease myself; I did not cut the ropes.

He called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.

Guilty of stealing the goods to the value of 10 d. W .

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