WILLIAM JACKSON.
10th April 1782
Reference Numbert17820410-9
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceDeath

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259. WILLIAM JACKSON was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of March last, one silver tankard, value 6 l. the goods of Hans Stonys , in his dwelling house .

HANS STONYS sworn.

I live in Catherine-street , near the tower, I did not see him take it, but my maid did, he came to my house the 18th of March, about seven or eight o'clock in the evening, he drank three pints of beer in the tap room, the tankard stood in the bar, he took it with his left hand.

Was it within reach of any body that passed by the bar? - There was nobody there but himself, the tankard stood within reach of any person by the bar, the prisoner was there an hour or more, he was going away about eight, and my maid stopped him, and charged him with stealing the tankard, he said you are a base women, we searched him, could find nothing upon him, but found the tankard under him, under the bench where he was sitting; he wanted to go away, he got up, we stopt him, he had moved from the bench towards the door, three or four feet from the bench, he was stopped.

Where was he searched? - Close by the fire, three or feet from the bench.

He had left the tankard under the bench? - Yes.

What had he drank his beer out of? - A pewter pint; no part of his beer was given him in the tankard. There was a doctor in the room, he sat close to the prisoner, near the bar, the bench is within reach of the bar. I sent for a constable, the prisoner went down upon his knees, and begged for God's sake we would not prosecute him.

ANN BRAZIER sworn.

This man came in and asked for a pint of beer, he sat in the first box when he came in, then he called for a second pint and moved to another box next to the bar, he changed 6 d. and paid for those two pints, he refused two half-pence, my master changed them, he called for another pint, and set then with his back to the bar, it was close joining to the bar, the sash of the bar window was up; I saw him put his left hand into the bar and take it out, I sat facing him; he put it under his coat on his left side, and was going to put it in his pocket, he observed I saw him, and he took it from his side and he put it between his knees, he held it there some considerable

time, he shoved it down upon the ground, I saw him do it, he got up, and said to the gentleman that sat by him, let me come out, I said, pray, sir, don't let him go, he has taken a tankard and put it behind or under him.

Cross-Examination.

Whereabouts did the tankard stand? - Upon the ledge of the bar, he reached it as he sat, he put under his coat upon his left side, I saw him take it from the bar, there was no beer in the tankard, nor had been drawn in for some hours, he was served with a pint of beer.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I went and had a pint or two of beer there, this tankard stood upon the table, and had some beer in it, I was in liquor, I did not know whether it was my pint or not, when I was going out of the house they stopped me.

Hans Stonys . My Lord, He was very sober.

Prisoner. I have no friend in the world, I came from Cheshire, I have been in town three years.

GUILTY Death .

Tried before Mr. RECORDER, by the First Middlesex Jury.

The Jury recommended him it mercy.


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