JOHN WARD, RICHARD GURNEY.
28th October 1789
Reference Numbert17891028-19
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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759. JOHN WARD and RICHARD GURNEY were indicted for stealing, on the 31st of July last, two trusses of hay, value 3 s. the property of William Dalton .

WILLIAM DALTON sworn.

I am a hay sale's-man : I live in Smithfield : on the 31st of July, I and the constable were in the hay-loft, about two in the morning, I saw the two prisoners go out of the lost with two trusses of hay: Mr. Holmes sprung his rattle, and they dropped the hay; it was quite day light: I reached rather too far, by which means I fell, and hurt myself very much.

WILLIAM HOLMES sworn.

I was with Mr. Dalton in the hay-loft; I saw the two men with the hay.

THOMAS WRIGHT sworn.

I am a neighbour: I had heard Mr. Dalton had been robbed; I advised him to sit up, and watch the hay-loft: and the prisoners were taken the next morning.

JOHN WARD 's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of the hay; I never saw the hay in my life.

Richard Gurney . I know nothing of the robbery.

JOHN WARD - RICHARD GURNEY

GUILTY .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.


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