21st February 1810
Reference Numbert18100221-94
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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241. JOHN BIRKETT was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 5th of February , a coat, value 5 s. the property of William Bennet .

WILLIAM BENNET . I am a salesman , No. 8, Brick-lane, Whitechapel . On Monday the 5th of February, about four o'clock in the afternoon, from information, I missed a coat from the door, and saw two men walking down the street, I followed them; I saw the

prisoner with a drab-coloured coat in his apron; I collared him, and said, you are my prisoner, this is my property you have got in your lap; he then said, he had found the coat.

Prisoner's Defence. That man will swear my life away innocently; I bought the coat of two men in Brick-lane, I was going home; this gentleman told me, that I had robbed him. I work hard for my living; I know nothing of the man I bought it off, nor of the robbery.

The prisoner called two witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 32.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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