15th February 1815
Reference Numbert18150215-128
VerdictNot Guilty

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395. WILLIAM LYE was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 23d of August , eleven sheep, value 27 l , the property of James Fisher and Edward Wigan .

JAMES FISHER . I live at Highbury place, in the parish of Islington, In 1813 I and my neighbour had some sheep; Edward Wigan is my neighbour, he and myself had some sheep.

Q. What quantity - A. About forty, we considered them that they were joint property. I paid for the sheep, and since then General Wigan and I have had no settlement; I purchased them with that view; I lost them in August, 1813. I know no more than my man stating to me that eleven were lost the following morning.

CHARLES HENDEN . I am Gardner to Mr. Fisher, August 23d. 1813. In the evening I saw the sheep all safe in the field. When I came to the sheep in the field the next morning, there were eleven missing.

WILLIAM TAMBAY . I am an apprentice to an auctioneer. On Monday, the 23rd of August, 1813, I was standing opposite Mr. Fisher's field, at half past seven, two men came to me, and asked me whose sheep they were; I told them. They told me they were going to take twelve out the next morning. I told Mr. Eland of it, a sheep salesman, in Smithfield market. On the next morning I saw them take them; the prisoner is one of the two men, I am sure of that.

GEORGE PARRETT . I am a butcher. On Monday evening, the 23rd of August, John Snow brought me eleven sheep to kill for him; the prisoner was in company with him; the prisoner never claimed right to the sheep. John Snow claimed the sheep; I killed the sheep for Snow; the carcases were carried to Newgate market; John Snow brought the sheep.

Q. Was any body else in company with Snow and the sheep - A. Yes, the prisoner.

Q. You did not say so before the magistrate? Before the magistrate you said, you knew not whether any one else was with him - A. On Wednesday morning Snow called for the sheep, and took them away.

EBENEZER DALTON . On the 26th of August, 1813, I received information of a gentleman at Islington, losing some sneep. I took the prisoner in custody.


Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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