28th October 1789
Reference Numbert17891028-10
VerdictNot Guilty

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750. JAMES BROOMHEAD was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 16th of October , one ewe sheep, value 12 s. the property of John Jewson and William Nelson .


I am a butcher . partner with William Nelson ; I lost a wether sheep; I saw it the 15th of October; it was marked with three ruddle strokes over the shoulder; one across the forehead, and a brand mark; we bought it the Monday before, in Smithfield; we missed it on the 16th; I saw the skin since; it is here; I have seen the prisoner before; he lived in our neighbourhood, and keeps a butcher's shop; I know nothing of his taking it.


I am a butcher in Newport-market; the prisoner came to me last Friday night was a week; that was on the 16th; with a sheep skin under his arm; and asked me if my skin man was gone? I told him, yes; he said, he had a skin he wished to send? I said it might go with mine on Tuesday; he said, he wanted the money, and I gave him twenty-one pence for it, and threw it down my cellar; I had seen the prisoner before; I did not know where he lived; the next morning Mr. Jewson came, and was talking about it; and saw the skin.


I am a drover for Jack Barrett ; I am aged seventeen; I drove some sheep to field; and I saw this sheep in the field, the night of the 15th, about half after five; it was on a Thursday.

Mr. Garrow Prisoner's Counsel. You had nothing to do with these sheep? - No.

Were they all ewes? - Yes, all four.

(The Skin produced by Mr. Jewson.)

I received it from Mr. Harwood, out of his cellar; I know it again.

Mr. Garrow. They are all ruddle marks? - Yes, all but the brand marks; I stood by the drover while he drove them.

The marks are not attempted to be taken out? - No, it is a fair skin.


I am not guilty.

Court to Harwood. What time was it that the man came to you? - I believe it was about seven; my next neighbour was present; there was no concealment; it was done in Newport-alley.

The prisoner called six witnesses, who gave him a good character.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.

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