10th September 1788
Reference Numbert17880910-60
VerdictNot Guilty

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558. WILLIAM BARNARD PHILLIPS was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of July , eleven pounds weight of sugar, value 3 s. 6 d. the goods of persons unknown.


On Tuesday the 15th of July I saw the prisoner come out of a lighter near the keys, that had been landing sugar; it was between four and five in the afternoon; he had something under his arm; I stopt him, and asked him what he had got there; he said a little sugar; I asked him where he got it; he said the watchman gave it him; I told him I should take the watchman into custody; then he denied that, and said he found it in the lighter; I told him I would take him to the compter; he said, if you will not take me to the compter I'll give you some money; I told him no, I would take him there; he said, then if you won't do that you can do one thing for me, that is to reduce the quantity of the sugar; I would not, and then I took him to the compter.

Mr. Garrow, prisoner's counsel. There was no person present but yourselves? - No.

You have taken up a great many persons, have not you? - Yes.

What became of the persons you took up since? - I do not know.

You are a handy man at taking people up; what became of the men you have taken up since? - I do not know.

Tell me some of the names of those you have taken up since? - I cannot rightly.

Look at your book and see if you cannot find 2 l. 2 s. set opposite to any of those mens names; don't you know of the two men who stole the 7 lb. of tobacco? - Yes, they were discharged by the lord mayor.

Or, before they came there, you know for the 2 l. 2 s.? - No, not for that.

How long has this man been employed on the keys? - I don't know.

Do you mean to swear that the many men you have taken up have not been discharged without prosecution? - I cannot say, sir.


I know nothing about it; the prisoner went on board the lighter as a ticket porter.


I claim the sugar as the property of the West-India merchants.

The prisoner called five witnesses, who had all known him for a number of years, and gave him a very good character.


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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