24th April 1805
Reference Numbert18050424-30
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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249. WILLIAM MYOTT was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 15th of March , a pot of honey, value 25 s. the property of George Jackson .

GEORGE JACKSON sworn. - I live at No. 27, Tottenham-Court road ; I am an oilman : On the 15th of March, about half-past six in the evening, as I was serving a customer, a neighbour gave me some information of the pot of honey; I ran into Steven-street, and soon arrived at Grace's street, and turning the elbow or bend in the middle of the street, I saw the prisoner and another man; and on the prisoner I perceived something of a bulky appearance, resting on his left arm, partly covered; I made towards him, supposing that he had got my property; as I advanced near him, I saw the pot: I then sprang upon him, and with my own hands secured him and the pot. Inquiring how he came by my property, he looked at me, and replied, your property! and violently struck at me with his fist; I then raised a hue and cry of stop him, or stop thief; I then got on my feet and ran and took him.

Q. You never lost sight from the time that he run till you took him? - A. No, I am sure that he is the person that had the pot and struck me. I produce the pot. I can only swear to the pot by a certain inscription that is upon the cover: No. 10. and James Read , No. 60, Titchfield-street, Cavendish-square, where I had it from.

Q. Can you tell where No. 10 was deposited? - A. It was deposited, with four or five more, on the outside of the front of the house.

Q. How lately had you been at the outside of the house before you received any alarm? - A. Within half an hour.

Q. Was it a pot that you had opened before? - A. No, it had never been opened nor sold out of; I missed the pot from the door; there being a pile of three at the bottom and two on the top, when I came out of the door I missed one from the top; I may say I am confident it is my pot; I know the hand-writing of Mr. Read.

Prisoner's defence. I was going home, and coming along I saw something lie in the road; I saw a man going from it; I went and picked it up; I had hardly got it in my hand, when that gentleman came and told me it was his; I said, if it is your's, take it; immediately I gave it to him, he collared me, and tore my shirt; I have a wife and three children.

GUILTY , aged 28.

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

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

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