29th April 1772
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402. (2d. L.) ABRAHAM LYONS was indicted for stealing a leather shoe, value 2 d. a silver 3 d. piece and 4 s. 5 d 1/4. in money, numbered the property of Patrick Kehoe , March 1st . *

Patrick Kehoe . On Sunday the first of March, I had been to Deptford, and had got in liquor, not so much, but that I was able to walk home; but I parted with my friends at Deptford, at nine o'clock; I went into the Minories and lay down there to sleep; I waked about half after twelve; the first perception I had, was that I was without one shoe. I did not know I had any other loss then; I got up, the watchman met me; whom I told, that I had lost my shoe and hat; the watchman said, there was a man just gone by with a shoe in his hand; the watchman and I went after the man that had the shoe; we stoped him; it was the prisoner; he immediately restored me the shoe. I took him to the watch house; the watchman bid me see if I had lost any thing else. The watchman by his lanthorn observed I had a cut in my breeches; I described what I had in my pocket, the same as in the indictment. The prisoner was searched in the watch house, and just that money was found on him. I am sure I had it in my pocket when I left Deptford.

John Painder , the constable, confirmed this evidence: As did also Reynolds the watchman.

Prisoner's Defence.

Coming along the Minories, I saw a shoe on the ground; I picked it up. I had the money in my pocket.

Guilty . T .

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