William Russel, John Dart, John Pedder, Mary Pedder.
4th December 1728
Reference Numbert17281204-14
VerdictsGuilty > theft under 40s; Not Guilty

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William Russel , John Dart , and John Pedder , of St. Leonard's Shoreditch , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Tankard , the Property of Richard Walker , on the 31st of October last; and Mary Pedder was indicted for receiving the same, knowing it to be stolen .

The Prosecutor depos'd, That on the 31st of October, William Russel , John Dart , and John Pedder , came to his House and call'd for a Tankard of Beer, and that one of them fell into Discourse with him, another kept his Wife in Discourse, and the Third run away with the Tankard.

Sarah Walker depos'd, That they swore, and behaved very rudely before the Tankard was taken away, and that when they miss'd it they pursu'd and took Russel, who said, if they would be easy they should have it again, and he would hang Dart and John Pedder .

Jacob Collier depos'd, That he was in the Prosecutor's House when the Prisoners were there, on the 31st of October, and that he perceived Russel kept the Landlord in Discourse, Pedder kept the Landlady in Discourse, and Dart run away with the Tankard: The Fact likewise appeared plain by several other Circumstances, particularly, that the Prisoners offered the Prosecutor after they were committed to Newgate, that if he would give them a Bond of 40 l. not to prosecute, they would procure his Tankard. The Jury found William Russel , John Dart , and John Pedder , guilty to the Value of 39 Shillings each, but there being no Evidence against Mary Pedder , nor so much as her Name mentioned by any of the Witnesses, the Jury acquitted her.

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