11th May 1785
Reference Numbert17850511-9
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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525. JOSEPH STURMEY was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 10th of April last, one linen shirt, value 2 s. 6 d. one linen stock, value 6 d. one silk handkerchief, value 6 d. one linen handkerchief, value 6 d. one white quilted waistcoat, value 5 s. one printed linen shawl, value 6 d. one pair of worsted stockings, value 6 d. one pair of leather shoes, value 1 s. seven guineas and a half guinea, and two crown pieces, the property of Edward Stillard , in his dwelling house .


I am a packer , I live in Lime-street, No. 52 ; on the 10th of April last, the prisoner, who had lived with me three weeks and two days, as a servant , and whom I meant to make an apprentice, to learn him my business, from the recommendation I had of him, went away on Sunday, and on the Monday morning I found he did not come, at which I was very much astonished he did not return; on Monday at two o'clock I had occasion to go to the box where I had put some gold; this box is about seven foot high, upon a high shelf, I kept writings and parchments in it, and I missed some money from a little box which was withinside that larger box; there were seven guineas and a half, and two crown pieces; I found a piece of the box broke, it flew open when I took hold of it; I had locked it myself; the little box was not locked, but the great one was: the prisoner was taken in the country, with a parcel of linen found upon him.


I keep a shop in the Fleet Market, I took the prisoner into my employ, I recommended him to my brother; I went in pursuit of the boy; the boy always told me he was a Shrewsbury lad, and immediately pursued him to Shrewsbury; when I came to Birmingham, I enquired of all the coaches, and I found him at a place called Billson, and I found these bundles upon him which are in court; he was walking; the boy said nothing then, but afterwards he told me, the money he had laid out in Holborn.

Did you make him any promises, if he told you the truth? - None at all, never, there was a gentleman with me in the chaise; and when we put him in the chaise he had a guinea and eighteen-pence, and six-pence in half-pence; he said he had laid out five guineas in Holborn, in buying clothes of a salesman, part of which he had on, and some in the country: I asked him what became of the money he had taken out of the box; then he told me, as I have told you.


This is the bundle of clothes he bought, and some of the things of the prosecutor's.

Pocock. When I overtook the prisoner, he had two separate bundles: I think they were separate as they are now.

(The Prosecutor deposed to the handkerchief.)

I know it by the long time I have had it.

Was it torn so then? - No, it was whole then: I know it by the pattern and size.

(A shirt, and an India handkerchief, with a hole, and marked with an S, near that hole, a stock and waistcoat, and a child's shawl deposed to.)

I saw this in the drawer on Sunday morning.


I found the linen among my own linen, in the same room.

The Prisoner called one witness to his character.

GUILTY Death .

He was humbly recommended to mercy by the Jury, on account of his youth, being only fourteen .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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