15th January 1800
Reference Numbert18000115-19
VerdictNot Guilty

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89. JOSEPH BROADBENT and THOMAS WHITE were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 26th of November , a band-box, value 2d. a silk sash, value 42s. a helmet cap, value 21s. and a jacket, value 21s. the property of James Fletcher .

JAMES FLETCHER sworn. - I am a merchant ; my servant lost the articles mentioned in the indictment; I know nothing of it.

JACOB GRIMES sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Fletcher: on Tuesday, the 26th of November, about nine o'clock in the evening, I was driving a curricle from Epsom ; I did not miss the property till I came facing Moorfields , and then I found the trunk was cut off from behind; I do not know what was in the trunk, it had a patent strap belt round it.

Q. When did you last see it? - A. At Tooting.

Q.Should you know it again, if you were to see it? - A. I don't think I should; I have seen the sash, cap, and jacket since.

THOMAS GRIFFITHS sworn. - I am an officer belonging to Lambeth-street; On the 4th of December, in consequence of an information that I received, I went with William Cass to a public-house, in East-Smithfield, and found the two prisoners there, drinking a pint of porter, one was on one side of the box, and the other on the other; this band-box was on the bench, by the side of Broadbent, (producing it;) I asked Broadbent whose property it was, he said it was his; I then asked him how he came by it, he said he picked it up in Blackfriars-road, facing the New-road, near the chapel; I told them we were not satisfied with that story, and we took them into custody, and took them to the office.

Q. Did White claim any part of the property? - A. No; he neither said or did any thing, but they appeared to be in company together.

Court. (To Griffiths.) Q.Which way did you come from Epsom? - A. Over Blackfriars-bridge.

Q. Were the straps cut? - A. Yes. (Produces them.)

Mr. Knapp. (To Griffiths.) Q. You apprehended the prisoner on the 4th of December? - A. Yes.

Q. And the robbery was committed on the 26th of November? - A. So I have heard.

Q. And you found these persons with the property in a common public-house tap-room? - A. Yes. (The property deposed to by Mr. Fletcher.)

Broadbent's defence. I had been out of an errand for my father in the city, and returned home between eight and nine o'clock; coming down Charlotte-street, near the chapel, I picked up the property, tied up in this handkerchief, (producing one;) I went to the public-house that I use of an evening, and where Mr. White uses; I had mentioned there, that I had found such things, and White said, he thought he could find me a man to buy them of me; I had been with him to a Jew over the water, and he was to come to this house, and we were waiting for him when Mr. Griffiths came in with another officer, and took us.

The prisoner, Broadbent, called two witnesses, who gave him a good character.

Court. (To Griffiths.) Q. Were these things ever advertised from the office? - A. I believe they were in two papers, after the prisoners were taken into custody.


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

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