19th May 1779
Reference Numbert17790519-12
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding; Imprisonment

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266. WILLIAM SMITH was indicted for stealing a woollen surtout coat, value 10 s. the property of William Orme , May 7th .


On the 7th of this month I lost a surtout coat from my lodging before I was up; I had left it in the Kitchen the night before; my landlord's servant came up to me in the morning, and asked if I had taken my coat up with me; I said no; she said then it was stolen. She alarmed her master, who pursued the prisoner, and took him with the coat upon him.


I keep a publick-house. The prisoner came in for a pennyworth of purl; he sent the maid backwards to me for change, which gave him an opportunity to take the coat; she called out to me and told me he had got Mr. Ormes's great coat, and was gone up the Old Change with it; I went after him and desired him to come back; I said he had something that he had borrowed; he said it was nothing but an old coat. He had it wrapped round him under his coat.

(The coat was produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutor.)


I was going out and found the coat at the door.

Bowker. I saw the coat hang on the curtain-rod while he was in the house; there was nobody else in the house.


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

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