10th September 1788
Reference Numbert17880910-95
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceImprisonment > newgate

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594. JOHN BEALE was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of July , a plain gold ring, value 6 s. the property of John Sarbett .


My husband's name is John Sarbett ; I keep a goldsmith and jeweller's shop in St. Martin's-court ; I lost a gold ring on the 5th of July; it was in the shop on the counter; it was about eight in the evening, as near as I can guess; there were eight or ten dozen of rings on the counter; the gentleman at the bar came to the shop to buy a ring; I was just come down stairs, he asked to look at some rings, he told me fancy rings; I took a drawer out, in which there was a fancy ring at 1 l. 9 s. 6 d. he wanted me to leave the drawer out, but I would not, and I left one fancy ring out; then he asked to look at some plain gold rings; it was on Saturday the 5th of July: there were eight or ten dozen that I took out at different times; I laid them on the counter; as soon as he looked at the rings, he took two up in his hand, and he concealed one in his left hand and tried one on his fore finger, and kept the other concealed between his two fingers; then he picked up another and asked me to weigh it; I weighed it, and it came to nine shillings; he said he thought it was to strong, he wished for a slighter; he picked up another, I weighed that; he said he thought it was to small, he wished me to try one on my finger; I tried a ring; he still had the ring concealed in his hand all the time while I was trying the ring on my finger; he put his hand, and the ring he had in his hand, into his left hand pocket and took out his pocket-handkerchief; I watched him all the while; after that, he said the lady lived close by, he would fetch her in a quarter of an hour; he was going out of the shop, and I told him if he pleased to leave the ring behind him that he had in his pocket before he went, and he strictly denied it, and said he had no such thing; I told him I was positive he had one; he denied it several times; I told him if he pleased to turn out his pocket, and he turned out his waistcoat-pocket, the ring was not there;

he turned out his coat-pocket a little way; I laid hold of his pocket and gave it a shake, and the ring fell on the floor; then Mr. Sarbett sent for a constable; he denied it till the constable was sent for, then he owned it, and went down on his knees three or for times and begged for mercy, then he was taken to the Rotation-office.


I saw the ring turned out of the prisoner's pocket; I was near Mrs. Sarbett, but I did not hear what passed between them; Mrs. Sarbett said he had a ring in his pocket, and I came up to him; I was sent for the constable, he came before I came back.

Prisoner's witnesses examined by Mr. Garrow.

JOHN WOOD sworn.

I live in Park-lane; I have known the prisoner from a child, his general character is a very good one.


I am a laceman in the Strand; I have known him about the last two years; he bore an exceeding good character; he slept at my house two or three times, and always behaved very much like a gentleman; he was always welcome at any time at my house; he was acquainted with the younger part of my family, and I approved of his conduct.


I live in New-street, Covent-garden; I am a mercer; I have known him the last four years; he always bore a very good character.

- ALLANSON sworn.

I am in partnership with Mr. Slipper; I have known him four or five years; his character has always been irreproachable; as good a character as any young man could have.


I am an attorney in Bolton-street, Piccadilly, I have known him about four years; he had a very good character indeed; I have seen him frequently at Mr. Duberry's as an acquaintance; I always thought him a very good kind of a young man; I never dreamed he would do a thing like this.

JOHN BARLOW , Esq; sworn.

I live at Lambeth on my fortune; I have known him between four and five years, since he came from abroad, where he had been for education; we always looked upon him as a young man of strict integrity, not able to be guilty of the crime now imputed to him.


I am a gentleman in the army; I have known this young gentleman about four years and a half; he bore a very good character; I always understood he had; I have known him in public and private life as a very good young man.

Mr. MILLS sworn.

I am an attorney in Queen-street, Westmister; I have known him ever since he came from abroad, a very good young man, and a very sober young man; I have lent him money, and he returned it; I have a very good opinion of him.

Mr. DUBERRY sworn.

I am an attorney; I have known him from his birth; he went abroad to Leige for his education; I have lived in the same house with him ever since his return, which is five years; he is a very good young man; I have trusted him with money and he always rendered me a very just account; I have lived with him entirely for the last five years.

Jury. Where is the ring.

Prosecutrix. I can swear that he put the ring into his pocket, and the ring dropped out; there is nothing but the hall mark and the duty mark.


Jury. We wish to recommend him to your lordship as he bears so extraordinary a character.

To be imprisoned one month in Newgate .

Court to prisoner. This sentence is in consequence of the recommendation of the Jury.

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice GROSE.

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