4th July 1798
Reference Numbert17980704-53
VerdictNot Guilty

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458. THOMAS BURKE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 28th of May , three shillings , the property of John Horton .

JOHN HORTON sworn. - I live in Peter-street, Westminster : On the 28th of May, I went down into the cellar to get up some wood, and when I came up again I saw the prisoner at my till; I laid hold of him, and took three-pence halfpenny out of his hand, all my silver was gone that I had taken in the course of the day, I think there was about three shillings, or three shillings and sixpence, and a great quantity of halfpence; I had looked in the till about an hour or two before.

Prisoner's defence. I had been receiving my pay along with a witness who is here, and we went into a house for some porter, and I went out to get some bread and cheese; I went into the prosecutor's shop with three-pence halfpenny in my hand, there was nobody in the shop, and I was looking about for somebody, when this gentleman came up, and said I was robbing his till.

For the Prisoner.

PHILIP WOOM sworn. - I was paid five shillings and sixpence along with the prisoner; he had a very remarkable half-crown, and I asked him if it was a dollar, and he said no; we went to the Black-lion together, and then he went out to get some bread and cheese.

Q.(To Horton.) How much money did you find upon him? - A. About five shillings.

Jury. Q. Was the till open? - A.Half open.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice BULLER.

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