JOHN LEE.
25th February 1784
Reference Numbert17840225-38
VerdictGuilty
SentenceCorporal > public whipping; Imprisonment > newgate

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301. JOHN LEE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 24th of January last, one wooden trunk, covered with hair skin, value 5 s. the property of Thomas Kempton .

THOMAS KEMPTON sworn.

I am a stage coach master , I keep a Tottenham and Edmonton stage coach , I live at Tottenham High-cross, I lost this trunk out of the stage boot, it was delivered to my book-keeper, and from there to the coachman; when it was lost I do not know.

Did you ever see it before the man was taken? - No.

Then you do not know that such a trunk was in the coach at all? - No.

WILLIAM MILLER sworn.

I am the coachman, I had this trunk to carry down as a parcel to Edmonton; I took it of the book-keeper, and put it into the boot of the coach; a man came and tried to take the trunk off; he dropped it down, and I caught him myself, the trunk is here; the prisoner is the man, I saw him come and take it, I stood by the fire while I saw him take it, it was about a quarter before five, the 24th of January.

Was he in the yard, or where? - Standing by the Bull gateway, the coach always stands out in the street; he was never out of my sight, he did not run twenty yards; I said nothing to him, he dropped it, I pushed after him, and he threw it down, and I took him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I never saw the box at all, I have no witnesses.

GUILTY .

To be twice publicly whipped , and imprisoned one week in Newgate .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.


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