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Old Bailey Proceedings - Trial Accounts
London's Central Criminal Court

16th October 1728
John Bleak Cowland
Sexual Offences - sodomy divider

John Bleak Cowland , was indicted for that detestable Sin of Sodomy, and the Breach of the Statute against the said Sin made and provided.

Jonathan Parrey depos'd,

That in February last, he first came acquainted with the Prisoner at one Muff's, in Black-Lion-Yard, White-Chappel.

That in May last, the Prisoner went Home with him to his Lodgings, and when they were in Bed, he perswaded him to commit the Sin of Sodomy with him, to which he consented, and that they did then, and there, actually commit the Sin of Sodomy, &c. and afterwards in June last, he did actually commit the said Sin of Sodomy twice more with the Prisoner at the Bar.

This Deponent farther said,

That he being weary of this wicked and detestable Practice, took a Resolution to betray the Company which met together, to commit such filthy Actions, and accordingly he gave Information against them, and contrived to be in the Room when the Prisoner and others were apprehended, at the aforesaid Muss's House, in Black-Lion-Yard, White-Chappel.

The Prisoner said in his Defence,

That he only went to Muff's House, to learn to play on the Violin, and that it was all false which Parrey had swore against him.

The Prisoner's Brother depos'd,

That he knew Parrey to be an idle vagabond Fellow, that would swear a Cow is a Horse, and his Oath was therefore not to be taken,

but the Jury believing the contrary, found him Guilty. Death.



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