WILLIAM BAKER.
3rd April 1816
Reference Numbert18160403-21
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceDeath

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308. WILLIAM BAKER was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of March , a mare, value 30s. the property of John Green .

JOHN GREEN . I am a day-labouring man ; I live in Hackney, in Cold-bath-lane. On the 4th of last March, I had a bay-mare turned out upon a place called Hackney Downs , which is common land; I turned her out on that morning at about seven o'clock. I did not see her again until the time I found her. I went to look for her about dusk, but could not find her any where. I made enquiries the next morning, thinking she might have strayed, being blind; I went to a boiler's, named Special, in Ducking-pond-lane, Whitechapel, where I found my mare.

RICHARD BOTLER . I manage the business for Mr. Special, the horse-boiler. On the 4th or 5th of March, the prisoner, in company with one Crowling, or Cowling, came to me in the boiling-place, at my master's; the mare was then tied I think to the wheel of one of our carts; but I don't know by whom she was tied there. Baker, the prisoner, asked me if I would buy her, and I asked him what he wanted for her; he said, thirty shillings, and I agreed to give him one pound seven shillings and sixpence, as her hide would not fetch much, because she had a bad back. I gave the money to Baker; each held out their hands, and I put into Baker's. The prisoner told me his name was William Jackson when I asked him, and he lived on the green at Tottenham, with one Mr. Hudson. Then Mr. Green came and owned his property at our place the next day. On his coming, I went towards Tottenham, and described the two men, and they were both found at the Bull, at Newington. I saw a drunken man at the door of the Bull, and told him what business we were upon, and asked him if they were there, and he said if we would give him a pint of beer, he would fetch them out, and he brought them both out; they went home to their own place, up a court just by where we took them. The other man said he would not run away, he said, he had nothing to wear but a pair of slippers, and he wanted to get a pair of shoes; the other man ran away. The prisoner said he would not run away, and he did not.

Four witnesses gave the prisoner an excellent character.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 18.

[Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor and Jury, on account of his good character, and youth.]

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Wood .


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