THOMAS ALLEN.
13th January 1802
Reference Numbert18020113-62
VerdictGuilty
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Corporal > public whipping

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141. THOMAS ALLEN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 21st of December , one sack, value 3s. and a bushel of wheat, value 10s. the property of John Shore .

JOHN SHORE sworn. - I live at Hanworth , and am a farmer ; the prisoner worked for me, he fed the horses, and drove a team: On Sunday, the 21st of December, I went home between seven and eight, and met Benn and a constable; they took me to the prisoner's house, I called him, and he came down in his shirt, and opened the door; I asked him what he had been stealing; he said he had nothing that he was ashamed or afraid of; we went up stairs, and searched his room, but could not find any thing but some empty sacks belonging to me; we then went into another room, and behind the door we found this sack, with the wheat in it, (produces it); he voluntarily said he got it out of the barn, and that he stole it to feed his horses; it is unclean wheat out of the barn; the sack has my name on it.

WILLIAM BENN sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Shore: I went to fetch a bundle of hay out of the lost, and found this sack and wheat bid in a haylost adjoining to the barn; I watched, and saw the prisoner fetch it home to his house, where we went and found it.

Prisoner's defence. I have nothing to say.

Jury. (To Benn.) Q. Did you examine the heap of wheat the morning following? - A. When the men leave work, they brush it up smooth; there was the mark where this was taken from.

GUILTY , aged 22.

Confined six months in the House of Correction , and publicly whipped .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.


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