2nd April 1800
Reference Numbert18000402-26
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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269. OWEN COLLINS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 31st of March , three leather boots, value 3s. the property of our Lord the King .

Second Count. Laying them to be the property of William-Richard Baverley , Esq.

JOHN ELSEE sworn. - I was late a quarter-master of the Surry light-dragoons: I know nothing of the taking these goods.

WILLIAM PRIDDLE sworn. - I was in the Surry light-dragoons before they were disbanded; I was put in care of stores at Staines by Mr. Elsee: I saw the prisoner come about five o'clock last Monday morning, as near as I can tell; the stores were in an out-building; he came with a pitchfork, and pushed it through the hole in the door, and then he went in; he came out three different times, and took away a boot each time; there was one boot that had a scratch on it, and that he threw in again; he would not take that away; I did not speak to him at that time; I knew the man very well; I watched to see what he would do more. The property belonged to the King's stores; they had not been served out to any body; John Phillips was with me.

JOHN PHILLIPS sworn. - I was in the Surry light-dragoons; I saw the prisoner take up the

boots, one at a time, with a pitch-fork; I knew his person well.

Prisoner's defence. I saw three old boots lying at the door, and I thought they were belonging to the regiment that was disbanded; and I took them up till I could see some of the men.

Elsee. They were the King's property.

GUILTY (Aged 45.)

Confined twelve months in the House of Correction , and fined 1s.

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury, before Lord KENYON.

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