Abraham Key, William Willoughby.
18th May 1768
Reference Numbert17680518-31
VerdictNot Guilty

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376, 377. (L.) Abraham Key and William Willoughby were indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 8 d. the property of John Mapson , May 15 . ++

John Mapson . I was going up Ludgate-hill last Sunday night, between nine and ten o'clock; I had just turned into St. Paul's-church-yard , Mr. Pain came to me, and asked me if I had not lost my handkerchief; I felt, and found I had; he took me back to the prisoners, and said, these are the persons that have taken it; I laid hold of one, and Mr. Pain the other; the handkerchief was then dropped between them; a gentleman coming by picked it up (produced in court;) to all appearance it is mine, though I have no direct mark

upon it; I described it before it was shown to me.

William Pain . I met these two lads, one I know very well, I turned and followed them; just as they were turning the corner of St. Paul's-church-yard, Willoughby put his hand into the prosecutor's pocket, and took out a handkerchief; I stepped up to him, and said, you have lost a handkerchief (the rest as the prosecutor had said.)

Willoughby's defence.

I know nothing of the handkerchief, nor never saw it; I am a shoemaker , and work with Mr. Keele in Old-street.

Mr. Keele appeared, and gave him a good character.

Both Acquitted .

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