Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 01 February 2023), December 1712, trial of Paul Dowcet (t17121210-8).

Paul Dowcet, Theft > animal theft, 10th December 1712.

Paul Dowcet of the Parish of St. Sepulchre was indicted for stealing a Bay Stonehorse, valued 12 l. the Goods of Thomas Wood on the 14th of November last. The Prosecutor's Son swore, that his Father's Horse being lost out of his Stable in Essex, he came to London the next Days and found him in Smithfield, and the Prisoner upon his Back; whereupon being seiz'd, he confess'd it before Justice Johnson; but deny'd it upon his Trial and said theHorse was deliver'd to him at Stratford, and he was to have 5 s. for selling him. There was no Witness to prove any thing he said, and the Evidence very positive against him, whereupon he was found Guilty of Horse stealing.

[Death. See summary.]