18th September 1820
Reference Numbert18200918-58
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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957. WILLIAM TUCKHIELD was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of July , at St. Mary. lslington, one gelding, price 10 l. , the property of Joseph Liley .

MR. ANDREWS conducted the prosecution.

JOSEPH LILEY . I had a gelding turned out in Mr. Stevens's field, near Redburn, in Hertfordshire ; it was worth 10 l., it had been fired, and was turned out to get right for work. I found it slaughtered at Watts's, and knew it again, it had not been skinned.

JOHN STEVENS . I saw Mr. Liley's horse in my field between four and five on Saturday morning, the 22d of July, the field was secure, it could not get out.

JOHN DIXON . I saw the horse in the field at nine o'clock in the evening, safe.

JOHN PARRIOTT . I am hostler at the Great Red-lion, St. Albans. On Saturday the 22d of July I saw the prisoner there, he asked me to lend him a halter, and said he was going to fetch some horses from the country; I lent him one, about eight o'clock on Saturday morning. He left our house about eight that night, and went towards Redburn. I did not see him again.

WILLIAM FAREY . On Saturday, the 22d of July I came by the Chequers, between Redburn and St. Albans, and saw the prisoner sitting drinking with two other men, he called to me. Next day I heard Liley's horse was missing. I came to town in search of the prisoner, and found him in Park-street, Islington, and told him I took him on suspicion of stealing a horse; he said

"I did not steal it, I bought it of John Tandy ." I asked what Tandy, he said

"of old John Tandy , of Newport, Buckinghamshire." - I said

"Blair-eyed John Tandy ?" he said Yes. I took him into custody, and afterwards went with Liley to Maiden-lane. He pointed the horse out.

JAMES HOWE . I am a collar maker; I was at Edgware on Sunday the 23d of July, and bought a horse of the prisoner, between four and five in the morning, he was fired, and appeared to have come a distance. The prisoner said he brought it from St. Albans since the overnight, and asked 2 l. for it; I gave him 1 l. 11 s. 6 d., and sold it to Watts; I bought it for that purpose. I knew the prisoner before.

THOMAS WATTS . I live in Maiden-lane; I bought a horse of Howe on Monday the 24th of July, to slaughter, he brought it to me, it was in a very poor condition, and fit for nothing but slaughter, and appeared completely worn out, and had been fired all round; it died before I got it into the slaughter-house. The prosecutor saw it, and claimed it.

Prisoner's Defence. I was at St. Albans; a man came by the Red-lion with two horses, and said his name was Tandy, I gave him 30 s. for the horse, a young man was with him and some gentlemen farmers were there in company with me.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 27.

Recommended to Mercy.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Best.

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