4th December 1799
Reference Numbert17991204-38
VerdictNot Guilty

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38. JAMES PANNEL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 30th of November , two shirts, value 10s. a round towel, value 1s. a pocket handkerchief, value 1s. two neck handkerchiefs, value 1s. a table-cloth, value 1s. and a napkin, value 1s. the property of Robert Hulme .

ROBERT HULME sworn. - I am a salesman in Leadenhall-market: On the 30th of November, about half past three, I saw a bag of linen delivered to my servant; I did not know the contents of the bag till they were brought back.

THOMAS FORDHAM sworn. - I work for Mr. Hulme; I am a day-labourer: I received a bag from Mr. Hulme; I was going home; I stopped at the Bull at Tottenham to refresh; the prisoner was there, and he rode with me as far as the White Hart at Tottenham , and then he left me, about nine o'clock; I then looked for the bag, and missed it; there had been nobody else in the cart; I then went to seek for the prisoner; I found him at a public house, the next day, he said he had got the things at home, and he would give them me again; I went with him to his house, and found part of the things behind the bed; there was a woman there, and he said, I am come for the things I brought home at night; ah, says the, I thought how it would be. I have got a shirt here; all the other things are left at Edmonton, at Mr. Hulme's house. The shirt was brought to me afterwards by the prisoner's wife.

JAMES BRLAR sworn. - I am a constable: (produces a shirt;) I received it from the last witness.

Mr. Hulme. I have no doubt that this shirt is mine; it is marked.

Prisoner's defence. We were both very drunk, and he was going full gallop all through Tottenham, and he lost his whip; I got out of the cart, and got a light, and found his whip; and as I was so near home, I did not get up again; and he set off full gallop again, and when I had got about half a mile, I found these things. NOT GUILTY .

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

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