1863 – Sheep Stealing – Case Dismissed

March 1863

1863 14th March, Sheffield Independent

Crown Court, Thursday, March 12

Sheep stealing near Doncaster

Julius Thompson, 25 and Joseph Simpson, 23 were charged with stealing a sheep at Conisbrough, on 27 December last; Thompson pleaded guilty.

Mr Maule prosecuted; Mr Foster appeared for Simpson.

The prosecutor, Mr George Walker, is a farmer at Conisbrough, and occupies land at Barlby, in a field at which place he had a flock of 141 sheep.

One of the animals was missing on 29 December and enquiries were made respecting it.

The prisoner Simpson was found in company with Thomson dealing with a dead carcass of a sheep on 28 December, but there was no proof that it was a sheep belonging to the prosecutor, and the prisoner was acquitted.

Thomson was not sentenced.

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