DOMINICK VERRIOT.
14th January 1789
Reference Numbert17890114-3
VerdictGuilty
SentenceImprisonment

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100. DOMINICK VERRIOT was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 16th of December last, nine pair of black silk stockings, value 5 l. 3 s. 6 d. six pair of plain white silk stockings, value 3 l. 15 s. and three pair of white ribbed stockings, value 1 l. 16 s. 6 d. the property of William Wilkinson .

(The Case opened by Mr. Silvester.)

WILLIAM WILKINSON sworn.

On the 16th of December the prisoner applied to me, saying that he had an order from the country for some silk stockings; I shewed him different sorts; he picked out eighteen pair, for which he was to pay 10 l. 16 s. he gave me a card, and directed me to send them to Burleigh-street in the Strand, and desired to know if they would be sent directly; I told him they would; on which he left the shop. I packed them up directly, and gave them to William Hyde , my shopman, with a bill of parcels; telling him to bring me the money. He returned a little after seven; I sent him about five o'clock.

WILLIAM HYDE sworn.

I received a parcel of stockings from my master; I took the parcel, with a bill, and receipt-stamp, to No. 9, Burleigh-street, in the Strand . When I came there, the person was not at home: I waited about ten

minutes; when he came in, and he said he had been to Clerkenwell. I delivered the parcel and the bill, and requested payment of the bill; on which he went into a back room, under pretence of looking at the stockings: he took them out of the paper; he returned from the room, and came to the front room, and said he was going to shew them to a person, a friend of his. He had the shop-door in one hand, and the parcel in the other. It is a broker's shop; the prisoner said he was a wire-worker , and that he was to have one-half of the shop. He immediately went out; I waited about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour; he returned, and I demanded the money, or the goods back again; and he said they were not approved of. After that, I endeavoured to lay hold of his arm, as he was at the door, to stop him. He then went out; but, before that, he asked me if I thought he was going to trick me. He went out, and I waited about two hours, with anxiety, hoping he would return; he did not, and I came home. He was apprehended the next day, at the Magpye and Platter, in Butcher-row, between three and four o'clock. He was taken before Sir Sampson Wright , and there examined. There were ten pair of the silk stockings found in his pocket.

Prisoner (producing the bill of parcels). Is that the bill of parcels you delivered me? - Yes.

Court to Wilkinson. Was you at the apprehending of the prisoner? - Yes. Between three and four we took him to Bow-street, and there were ten pair of silk stockings found in his pocket. We took him from the Magpye and Platter.

(Ten pair of stockings produced and deposed to.)

WILLIAM ALDRIDGE sworn.

I am a pawnbroker; I live with Mr. Lane, in Drury-lane. The prisoner brought a pair of silk stocking to our shop, on the 17th of December, between three and four o'clock: I lent him 5 s. on them. I have known him some time.

- WATTS sworn.

I live with Mr. Reed, a pawnbroker, in Fetter-lane. I took in a pair from the prisoner.

GEORGE PAUL sworn.

I live with Mr. Heather, a pawnbroker, in Long-acre. The prisoner came to our house on the 16th of December, at dusk in the evening, with a pair of silk stookings; I lent him 4 s. on them.

(Deposed to by the prosecutor.)

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I pawned two or three pair of them, to try the value of them; I should have paid for them when they were approved of.

GUILTY .

Imprisoned six months .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.


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