Thomas Barker.
17th October 1744
Reference Numbert17441017-5
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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430. Thomas Barker , of St. Stephen Coleman-street , was indicted for stealing three books, value 15 d. the goods of Thomas King , two ivory handled knives and forks, value 18 d. and an ivory handled penknife, value 12 d. the goods of persons unknown , October 11 .

Thomas King . Last Thursday about four o'clock in the afternoon I lost these three books from my shop window in Moorfields . - A man who sits at my door with fruit, told me the Prisoner had taken some books off my shop window; when I went to secure him he drew a knife at me and offered to stab me with it; the books were taken out of his bosom.

Alexander Henderson . I sell fruit just by Mr. King's shop; I saw the Prisoner lay himself over the shop window, and he seemed as if he had been a little in liquor. I did not much like him, so I watched him and saw him put two books into his bosom. I did not interrupt him at all, and presently he took a third and went away. Then I left my stall and took hold of him, and said he must come back with me. I carried him to Mr. King, and said, Mr. King, here's a customer for you, and took these three books from him: then he began to be very obstreperous and fell a beating me, but I did not mind that, for he had not strength enough to hurt me; and as I was going out of the shop he drew his knife to stab Mr. King: Then I went in again and he tried to bite me, and tried to bite every body; then we tied his arms, and he kicked like fury and swore most desperately, and said, You old rogue, if ever I am let loose again, I'll be the death of you and your wife too.

Q. How came you by these knives?

Henderson. I felt something about him, and took these knives out of his pocket; I searched him farther, and took 3 s. 6 d. and five pennyworth of halfpence out of his pocket, and then he cried he was robbed. Guilty 10 d.

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