John Blakestone, Richard Tovey, Francis Booth.
22nd February 1688
Reference Numbert16880222-17
VerdictsGuilty > lesser offence; Not Guilty
SentencesMiscellaneous > branding

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John Blakestone , and Richard Tovey , were Indicted for Breaking open the House of Matthew Shanno , on the 16th. of January last, at Two in the Night, and stealing thence two Hatts, value 3 l.

six pair of Gloves and other Goods of a considerable value : Francis Booth was also Indicted as Accessory, for receiving, harbouring and abbetting the said Persons, and Buying the goods . The sum of the Evidence was, that Tovey got into the Cellar, and open'd the door on the inside to let in his Companions, while others staid in the Street to receive the goods, and that after they went to a Drinking house in the Savoy, where they shared the goods, and afterward Pawned some of them to a Broker in Long-lane; and some of the goods were found in Booth's Cellar; their Examinations and Confessions before the Justice were also read: But the Prosecutor not being positive as to the Window being open or shut they were brought in guilty of Felony only , and Booth the Accessory Acquitted .

[Branding. See summary.]

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