17th May 1809
Reference Numbert18090517-75
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Corporal > private whipping

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520. THOMAS LEWIS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 7th of May , eighty pounds weight of iron, value 15 s. the property of Charles Johnson , and John Johnson .

CHARLES JOHNSTON. I am an anchor-smith and founder ; my partner's name is John Johnson , father and son. Where this was stole from is at Wapping dock , we have one workship there, it was stolen out of the work shop.

Q. Did the prisoner work for you - A. He did, in November and December last.

Q. Do you know the fact of his having stolen it - A. No.

JAMES DAWSON . I am a watchman. On Tuesday morning I stopped the prisoner with this iron on his shoulder, it was a little after four o'clock, in Penning-street, I asked him where he got the iron from; he said he had brought it from Deptford. I detained him, I told him he must go to the watchhouse; he then endeavoured to throw the iron on my partner that is here. He made resistance; I tore his coat. I took him to Lambeth-street office; I went round to all the iron founders, I found it belonged to Mr. Johnson.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I bought it of a waterman by the water side; he is not here.

GUILTY , aged 24.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and Whipped in Goal .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

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