13th December 1786
Reference Numbert17861213-5
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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6. JOSEPH LEWIS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 26th day of November last, one cloth great coat, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of Daniel Henry Heathcott .


I live with Mr. Horsford, a surgeon, in Ratcliffe-highway; the prisoner and a woman came in for a pennyworth of tamarinds; and while I was serving another man, a boy came in; I had served the prisoner, and went to look for the coat, and it was gone; I had seen the coat almost immediately before; the prisoner was near that part of the shop where the coat was; I called out, a gentleman ran out and took the prisoner and the woman about one hundred and fifty yards; I examined the man; he had a red cloak swung over his shoulders; I went to examine the woman; a gentleman came up and seized the prisoner, and he instantly dropped something; I saw the things taken up; they were the cloak which he had slung over his shoulders, and the coat with it.

Prisoner. Could not he have seen the coat if I had it? - I turned over the folds of the cloak, when I seized him, I did not see the coat; I seized the woman who was standing close by, for they were walking when I overtook them; I am positive I saw him drop it.

(The coat deposed to.)

Joseph Dodds called on his recognizance and did not appear.

Prisoner. There were many people, men, women, and boys in the shop when I went in; I did not stir from the place where he served me; there was another gentleman who was the man that came up to me and pulled the cloak out of my hand, and he is not come.


Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM.

[Whipping. See summary.]

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