THOMAS LOVAT.
6th April 1796
Reference Numbert17960406-13
VerdictNot Guilty

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239. THOMAS LOVAT was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 31st of March , four linen shirts, value 4s. a nankeen jacket, value 6d. a linen pin-a-sore, value 6d. nine linen clonts, value 5s. four pair of stockings, value 3s. a calico bed-gown, value 6d. a dimity petticoat, value 2s. and a linen pillow case, value 1d. the property of John Goodwin .

JOHN GOODWIN sworn.

I am the son of John Goodwin ; my father is ill, he has kept his bed these five months, he lives in Castle-court, Fulwood's-rents , the things mentioned in the indictment are his property; I saw them hanging to dry in the yard, about half after seven in the evening, on Thursday the 31st of March; about half after nine, I was alarmed by the dog barking; I went into the yard, and the things were in the possession of John Runnington; the lines were cut, and I saw a piece of cloth on the wall; I looked over the wall, and saw a part of the linen lie in the next yard; my sister took it up, she is here.

JOHN RUNNINGTON sworn.

I am a smith: on Thursday evening, the 31st of March, I caught the prisoner in Mr. Goodwin's yard, between nine and ten in the evening.

Q. Was it a dark night, or moon-light? - A. It was very dark.

Q. Did you see him do any thing? - A. I could not see him till the candle was brought, and then I saw the linen scattered about the yard; I laid hold of him, and asked him his business; he asked for a person of the name of Thomas, I said, there was no such person lived there.

Q. Did you find any thing upon the prisoner? - A. Not any thing; I saw some small things on a wall beside the house.

Prisoner. He said, at the Magistrates, he saw nothing of me, and did not see me take any thing till he laid hold of me.

SARAH GOODWIN sworn.

I live next door to my father's house: On Thursday the 31st of March, my mother came and knocked at my mistress's door, and asked me to go and see if there was any linen in the yard; I went and picked them up; I saw them hanging in the yard about five in the evening; I took the linen up and carried it into my father's yard, and gave it to my mother; it was thrown into the yard where I live, from my father's yard; there were four shirts, two pin-a-fores, a nankeen jacket, five clouts, and a linen roller; my mother is ill at home; there are all the things I picked up,(Producing them), they are my father's property.

WILLIAM BROWN sworn.

I received the things from the girl, I put them in different parcels before the Magistrate.

Q. (To Goodwin.) There was nothing found upon this man? - A. No; I saw nothing found upon him.

Prisoner's defence. I went into a public-house to get a pint of beer, I came out at the back door to make water; being in liquor, I went into this yard; I know nothing of the linen no more than the child unborn.

Q. (To Goodwin). Is there any thoroughfare in this yard, or was there any door broke open? - A. No; the gate was open.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.


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