Offence: Theft > shoplifting
Verdict: Guilty > lesser offence
Punishment: Imprisonment > newgate; Corporal > private whipping
EDWARD GIBSON sworn. - I am a linen-draper , No. 49, Bishopsgate-street Without ; on Wednesday evening, at six o'clock, while I was at tea, my shop-bell rang violently; I went down stairs, and there was a gentleman who had hold of the prisoner's collar, and the property was all over dirt; I asked the prisoner what he meant to do with them; he said, he should certainly have pawned them; he begged for mercy, and said he would never do the like again; I sent for a constable, and gave charge of him.
GEORGE AUBREE sworn. - I stopped the prisoner at the corner of Artillery-lane, Bishopsgate-street; a few doors before I came to Sun-street, the prisoner past me, and a young man after him, calling, "stop thief!" I pursued, the young man was scuffling with him, and he would certainly have got away from him, if I had not come up; I took him back to the shop; I did not pick up the things.
JAMES TURNER sworn. - I live as shopman with Mr. Gibson; on Wednesday evening, about six o'clock, our lad was shutting up the shop, and I was clearing some things from the horse that stands at the door; I saw some pocket-handkerchiefs drawing towards the door; I immediately went to the door, and saw the prisoner in the road, winding the things round his hand; I pursued him and laid hold of him; his hands were entangled in the things; he wanted me to take the things, I told him, I would not have them, I would have him; he said, he would be d-'d if I should have him; he then ran away, and I pursued him; and with the assistance of Mr. Aubree, I took him; the handkerchiefs were picked up and brought back by a man that is not here. Thomas Packer saw him bring them.
Turner. I can swear both to the handkerchiefs and the muslin.
Prisoner's defence. Distress drove me to it; it is the first time I ever did any thing of the kind. I belong to the Woolwich.
GUILTY (Aged 43.)
Of stealing the goods, but not privately in the shop .
Confined one month in Newgate , whipped in the Jail , and discharged.
Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. Justice BULLER.