James Bunyard.
14th September 1763
Reference Numbert17630914-12
VerdictNot Guilty

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366. (L.) James Bunyard was indicted for stealing one man's hat, value 10 s. and 10 s. in money , the property of Edward Jones , September 1 . ++

Edward Jones deposed, that he was asleep in a night-house on the outside of Temple-bar , when every body were going to be turned out, about 3 in the morning, he was awaked by the prisoner; that he proposed to treat him for his civility to him, but missing his money, and finding he had an old hat on which the prisoner owned, and the prisoner had got his new one on, he charged him with robbing him; that taking him down Fleet-street, to get the assistance of a watchman, he ran away up Shoe-lane; but he was taken again, and delivered in charge of a constable. (The hat produced and deposed to.)

Edward Sumpter , the constable, deposed, that the prosecutor charged the prisoner with stealing 10 s. from him, that there was a half crown among it, and one Birmingham shilling; that in searching he found such upon the prisoner.

The prisoner in his defence said, he was a watch graver, and worked hard for the money found upon him; that he had been asleep by the prosecutor, and as his hat had fallen from his head, he, by mistake, took up the prosecutor's instead of his own.

He called John Smith , who deposed, he had brought him up from six or seven months old till he was fit to go apprentice; that he was then an apprentice to Francis Stedman , in Clerkenwell; and that he never heard any ill of him in his life.

Acquitted .


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