10th April 1793
Reference Numbert17930410-65
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > public whipping

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349. WILLIAM PRUDENCE was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of March , four quartern loaves of bread, value 2 s. the goods of Michael Fendon .


I am a baker ; I lost four quartern loaves on Saturday, the 9th of March, between five and six o'clock; I lost them out of my basket, I pitched my basket in the street, and I went to serve a quartern loaf; and when I came back again four quartern loaves were out of my basket, and I turned myself about to look round for my bread, and while I turned myself about two gentlemen came and brought this man and bread along with them.


I saw the prisoner take four quartern loaves out of Mr. Fendon's basket; I directly ran after him, and he made off into Wheeler-street. I ran after him and I spoke to a gentleman to run after him, and we apprehended him with the loaves on him; he gave an account at the office that he lived in Shoreditch, and the officers there knew him, and said that he had been taken up there that week before.


I am a butcher; I assisted in taking this man, I did not see him take the bread; I saw him go by my door with four quartern loaves, two under each arm; and I went after him.

Prisoner. Ask him if I was not coming along the same way as he was? - He was not.

The prisoner called one witness to his character.

GUILTY . (Aged 43.)

Imprisoned six months and publickly whipped .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Lord KENYON.

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