Hi you may be interested in this. Peter Hick was my Great Great Grandfather, you may well find a line to yourself.
Peter HICK was charged with stealing, in the parish of Lanhydrock, a ram sheep, or the carcass thereof, the property of John COAD. In this case, Mr. Cummins', sen., was Attorney for the prosecutor, and Mr. Bannallack for the defense. William COAD stated that he is a farmer, resided in the parish of Lanhydrock; and on the 24th of December had a flock of sheep in one of his fields, and a ram running with them. By nine o'clock in the morning of the 25th, being Christmas Day, he sent to this field, found the gate wide open, and all the sheep gone. He searched and found all the sheep but the ram he could not find. In one corner of the field, he found, by the marks of the sheep, they had been driven up there; he also found much blood on the spot. In consequence of some suspicion, he obtained a warrant, and searched the prisoner's house, were was found more than 59 lbs weight of mutton, salted in different stages. Prisoner stated at that time he had the mutton of a butcher, named John KERNICK, of Bodmin, in exchange for a pig. John KERNICK, who was afterwards examined, denied this in toto, and had no such transaction with him. Walter LITTLETON, a constable of Lanlivery, searched the house with the prosecutor, and corroborated all the statements he made respecting the finding of the meat. William COAD found the skin of the ram, after the commitment of the prisoner, in an old well, not at present in use, about half a mile from the prisoner's house. He swore to the skin on being that of the ram stolen. Messrs. Kernick and Scobey, butchers, knew the meat as ram's mutton by its clamminess, its oily nature, and coarseness of the grain, which they pointed out to the jury and fitted different portions of it to the skin produced. [...] Verdict - Guilty.
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