Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 04 August 2020), August 1727, trial of Thomas Williams (t17270830-8).

Thomas Williams, Theft > animal theft, 30th August 1727.

Thomas Williams , of the Parish of Stoke-Newington , was indicted for privately stealing a Bay Gelding, value 3 l. on the 19th of August last, the Property of Edward Newins .

The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Horse was taken from the Pasture in Newington without his knowledge and Consent, and that he afterwards found him at the House of William Owen , by the Direction of his Servant.

William Owen depos'd, That the Prisoner came to him with the Gelding, and enquired for one Jones, pretending he wanted to put it in his Stable; but upon this Deponent's discovering him further, he said, he wanted to sell it, having at that Time a great Occasion for Money; after some Time they came to an Agreement, and this Deponent bought it for 45 s. but riding it up to one Mr. Lloyd's, where the Prisoner said it had been at Grass, he found it a Falsity, and comparing this with other Circumstances he was taken into Custody; he confess'd the Fact, and signed it with his own Hand: He said in his Defence that he could not speak English, but not speaking those Words in a different Language, and it appearing that he spoke good English at his Examinations, this Excuse was but of little service to him. That Fact appearing plain the Jury found him guilty . Death .