12th September 1804
Reference Numbert18040912-55
SentenceCorporal > private whipping

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484. HAMMOND CHAPMAN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 30th of August , five shillings , the property of William Tucker .

WILLIAM TUCKER sworn. - I am a tin-plate worker , the prisoner was an apprentice of mine.

Q. What do you accuse him of? - A. Of taking five shillings out of the till, on the 29th of August, and on the 30th; I marked thirteen shillings and sixpence, and a five-shilling piece; out of which I missed, on the 29th, two shillings, and on the 30th I missed three shillings, which made the five; I had reason to suspect the lad; I went up stairs to his box, I found it locked; I saw a constable, and spoke to him; he opened the box, and in his box there were five of the shillings; I had marked a letter T on them all.

Q. How long had this boy been with you? - A. About seven months; I had always found him an honest lad, I am sorry this occurred.

Q. What is his parents? - A. His mother is a widow woman that keeps a public-house.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. You say he was apprenticed to you about seven months ago? - A. Yes.

Q. And a small premium of ten pounds was given to you? - A. Yes.

Q. And his mother is a good sort of a woman? - A. I believe she is.

Q. You had no reason to doubt at all of his honesty till then? - A. Not till then.

SAMUEL CHAPMAN sworn. - I am a constable: I was in Oxford-road the day he mentioned last; the prosecutor was in the tin-shop; he asked me to go and open the box, I opened the box, and found five shillings all marked; the boy was not there when I went in, he came in while I was there; we taxed him with it, and he denied it; the master said he had better confess, it would be better for him; I produce the money.

Q.(To the prosecutor.) Look at the money? - A. They are the same shillings, and the same mark on them.

The prisoner did not say any thing in his defence, but called two witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 13.

Privately whipped and discharged .

Third Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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