Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Punishment: Imprisonment > house of correction; Corporal > public whipping
The case was stated by Mr. Arabin.
Q. Were you in Lamb's Conduit street, on the 22nd of February last. - A. I was; about a quarter before seven o'clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner upon the steps of Mr. Littlewood's door, No. 40, Lamb's Conduit street . I had a suspicion that he was after the handle of the door, as there were a number of handles lost in the neighbourhood; I saw him wrench the handle. and he dropped the handle on the steps; I told the watchman what I saw; when we got into Lansdowne place, I said stop my friend; then he ran; the watchman halloed out stop thief; I took him across the square, he had an apron on, he threw it down, it was full of handles; I saw him throw an iron crow and a turn screw over the irons rails; I saw the person pick it up, it was given me at the watchhouse. I can take my oath to the man at the bar; I only lost sight of him for a moment when he turned the corner.
MR. CANNAN. This is the handle that fits the door of Mr. Littlewood, affixed to the door, it is worth two shillings.
MR. LITTLEWOOD. I saw it fitted, it fitted exactly.
Q. Where is your house situated - A. No. 40, Lamb's Conduit street, in the parish of St. George the martyr.
Prisoner's Defence. I leave myself to the mercy of your lordship, and the gentlemen of the jury.
GUILTY , aged 56.
Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and Publicly Whipped .
Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.