9th December 1789
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17. OWEN LYONS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 10th day of November last, a silver watch, value 40 s. a gold breast pin, value 10 s. a rose diamond

breast pin, value 20 s. a pair of silk stockings, value 3 s. two cambrick handkerchiefs, value 1 s. a pair of breeches, value 10 s. a gown and coat, value 40 s. a Marseilles petticoat, value 40 s.

(The witnesses examined separate.)


I live in Short's-gardens, Drury-lane ; I was robbed in November last; I lost my watch, which was taken out of my bedroom, my wife's diamond hat pin, which was a rose diamond, and my gold shirt pin; the other things were bundled up by the prisoner; they were all removed, some from the drawers in the bed-room, and some from the chair; I found the door broke open, and the bundle laying at the door: about half after two, on the 10th of November, my brother came, and told me that my friend at the bar had robbed me a second time; then I went to the building, and such men that I could place confidence in, I sent after this gentleman; and the men who are in Court, took him about nine that night.


On this day I went out about eleven or twelve o'clock; I was at home about half after twelve; I sat down to dinner below stairs, and had finished about two; I was alarmed by my little dog in the passage, and I opened the door, and I saw the prisoner go out of the street door; I followed him, and I called him by his name, and he dropped a pair of stockings which I have in the bundle; I picked them up; they were mine; I have a right to know him; I said to a person in the place, Owen has robbed me again; and I went up and found my bed-room door broke open; the prisoner worked for my husband, and lodged with me; I went up stairs, and picked up a bundle in a sheet; I opened it, and found my husband's breeches in it the first; and there was a gown and coat, a Marseilles petticoat, and a dimity petticoat, and a muslin shawl; the sheet was off my bed, and the things from my drawers; I missed a diamond pin, and a gold pin, and I believe, two handkerchiefs; I missed the watch off the nail; I am no judge of the value; I leave that to a better judge; my gown and coat are new; the whole together I would not take five pounds for; I positively know the man; I saw the side of his face as he was going off the step of my door.


I work for the prosecutor; he asked me to go to search for the prisoner: the prosecutor shewed me at his room, the staple of the door had been broke off, and the things bundled up: about a quarter past nine, I with the prosecutor, met with the prisoner in Drury-lane; the prosecutor laid hold of him directly; he was searched in my presence, and two pence halfpenny was found upon him; when he was taken, he behaved in a restive manner.

- FREEMAN sworn.

I was sent for to take the prisoner into custody; and then I searched for the watch; and I took the prosecutor with me; I had an information that it was at a pawn-broker's, Mr. Woodin's, in Drury-lane; I went there, and described the watch; they produced it; I saw it answered the description, and I shewed it to the prosecutor; he said, that was his watch; I desired the pawnbroker's man who took it in, to appear at the magistrate's, which he did, and produced it.


I produce the watch which was pledged with me, I believe, by the prisoner; I think he is the person; there was another person taken up with him at the magistrate's, to whom I had sold a watch; this watch was pledged in the name of Owen Lyons , on the 10th of November.

Court to Freeman. How did you get information to go to this pawnbroker's? - I heard it in a conversation at a public-house; I had a hint given me.

Court to Prosecutor. What do you say to the value of all these things? - They are fairly worth five pounds, but I am no judge of such things, if it was a piece of brickwork I could value it better; the watch, the pins, and the handkerchiefs, were in the bundle.

(The watch deposed to by the maker's name, and number, and seal; the stockings deposed to.)

Prisoner. I know no more of this than the child unborn.


On the 10th of November last, after this robbery was committed on my brother, he came to me where I was at work, and he told me of it; we went in quest of him and took him; he was very drunk; that is all I know.

GUILTY , Death .

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

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