James Norris, Theft > theft from a specified place, 7th September 1720.

Reference Number: t17200907-14
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

James Norris , of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Tankard value 6l. in the Dwelling House of Joseph Brewer , on the 22d of August last. The Prosecutor deposed that the Prisoner came into his House (the Raven in Fetter-Lane ) about 3 a Clock in the Afternoon, and call'd for a Tankard of Beer; that he removed to another Room further in the Yard, and thence went off with the Tankard, throwing the Drink on the Ground; that he being immediately told of it, pursued and took him, threw him on his Back and found the Tankard in his Breeches. John Haynes deposed, that he acquainted the Prosecutor that the Prisoner was gone, and went with the Prosecutor in pursuit of him, and saw him throw him on his Back and take the Tankard out of his Breeches. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that he met a Man who asked him to go to drink, and that he went out to make Water, and coming in again the other Man put the Tankard into his Hand, but called no body to prove it, nor any to his Reputation, and this trifling excuse not availing any thing, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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