11th September 1776
Reference Numbert17760911-14
VerdictNot Guilty

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633. ROBERT FRIEND was indicted for killing and destroying a bay gelding of the price of 14 l. the property of Samuel Lyne , the said gelding being in a certain field belonging to the said Samuel, against the statute, &c. August 26th .

'The prisoner was servant to the prosecutor:

'it appeared upon the evidence that he

'went with a fellow servant into the field to

'see after his master's horse, and finding the

'horse had strayed into another field, he swore

'he would cut his leg off, and threw a bill

'at him, which cut the horse's leg, of which

'he for want of assistance bled to death before

'morning; but there being no evidence

'of an intention to kill the horse, he

'was found


Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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