Samuel Maidman.
16th April 1729
Reference Numbert17290416-62
VerdictsGuilty > theft under 5s

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Samuel Maidman , of St. Paul's Shadwell , was indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Hundred Weight of Sugar, value 50 s. in the Ship Wiltshire , the 10th of May last, the Property of Persons unknown.

The Evidence depos'd, That the Ship came from St. Christopher's, and lay at Ratcliff-Cross ; that the Prisoner keeping a Victualling-House there, at the Sign of the Royal-Oak, came on board the said Ship, and ask'd the Men to have Provisions at his House; that he brought with him an Iron Hammer in his Boat; that by the Connivance of the Officers he open'd 3 Hogsheads, and took out 2 Hundred Weight of Sugar, and having headed them up again, the Sugar was put into his Boat, carry'd off, and sold for 2 d. per Pound; and that the Prisoner told them, If they would get Sugar, he would take it off their Hands.

He was also indicted a 2d Time for feloniously stealing two Hundred Weight of Sugar, value 50 s. out of a Lighter belonging to the said Ship Wiltshire . - Pearse depos'd, As the Lighter was going from the said Ship, the Prisoner came on board in his own Boat, and ask'd Leave to get a little Sugar; that he open'd 2 or 3 Hogsheads, and took out that Quantity of Sugar, and it was put into his Boat, and that he went away with it, and one Lamp, brought this Evidence half a Guinea, and said it was for him, the Merchants Watchman, &c. The Prisoner call'd divers Persons to his Character; but the Facts being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d .

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