17th September 1800
Reference Numbert18000917-51
SentenceCorporal > public whipping

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638. THOMAS JONES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 28th of August , a bridle, value 5s. the property of Robert Clarke , and George Clarke .

ROBERT CLARKE sworn. - I am a stable-keeper , in partnership with George Clarke , at Cripplegate : I can only prove the property.

- WILKES sworn. - I am a coachman: I cannot say what day it was, but I stopped the prisoner coming out of the yard, with the bridle; in consequence of information I received from a lad who is here, I stopped him, and took the bridle out of his breeches; I delivered the man and the bridle to the constable.

WILLIAM THOMPSON called. - Q. What age are you? - A. Going of eleven.

Q. Do you know what will become of you if you tell a lie, or swear that which is false? - A. I shall go to hell. (He is sworn).

I look after chaises and horses for Mr. Clarke: Sometime at the end of last month, I saw the prisoner take the bridle off the nail in the stable, lap it up, and put it into his breeches; he followed me up the stable, saw me speak to the coachman, and then he went out towards the street; he had not got quite out of the yard when the coachman laid hold of him, and took the bridle from him; it was Mr. Clarke's bridle; the prisoner and the bridle were delivered to the constable.

HENRY CLARKE sworn. - I am ostler to Mr. Clarke's livery stables: I know the bridle to be Mr. Clarke's. (The constable produced the bridle, which was deposed to by the prosecutor and the ostler).

Prisoner's defence. I was very much fuddled; I do not know any thing of the bridle.

GUILTY . (Aged 60.)

Whipped one hundred yards in Cripplegate Parish, opposite Mr. Clarke's livery stables .

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.

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