20th August 1849
Reference Numbert18490820-1642
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1642. JOHN MARTIN , stealing 1 gelding, price 20l.; the property of Walter King.

MR. PLATT conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM REARDON (policeman, N 183). I was in the Green-lanes, Stoke-Newington,

about a quarter before ten o'clock on Saturday night, 11th Aug.—the prisoner and another man came out of a field and asked me the way to town—I told them—they went along in that direction—I then saw them stop, and I went into the field and hid myself—I saw a horse in the field tied to the rails—it had a leather bridle on—I secreted myself, and the two men came back—I listened, and one of them came into the field—I heard a sound of the gate opening, and the prisoner said, "Come on"—I saw the horse which I had seen before, come out of the gate—the other man was sitting on its back, and directly he got out of the gate he galloped away—the prisoner stood at the gate while the other man went out—I came to the gate and it was open—it was off the hinges—a horse could not come out without it was taken off—it was fixed on one side—the man on the horse went off, and the prisoner ran after him—I went, and overtook the prisoner about 200 or 300 yards off—I asked him if he saw a horse pass—he said, "No"—I asked where the man was that he had been with in the field—he said he had not been in the field.

WILLIAM CHEEK . I rent a field at Stoke Newington—I took a gelding in to graze for Mr. Walter King—it was safe in that field about nine o'clock at night on 11th Aug.—the policeman afterwards came to me about it—Mr. King values it at 15l.—it has never been seen since.

Prisoner's Defence. I went to take a walk, and as I was coming along the Green-lanes at night the police stopped me, and asked if I had seen a horse; I said, "No."

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Eighteen Months.

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