11th April 1810
Reference Numbert18100411-17
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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278. JOHN STOKER was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Ann Moon and William Moon , about the hour of five, on the 13th of March , the said Ann Moon and others being therein, and stealing therein a watch, value 5 l. their property.

WILLIAM MOON . I am in partnership with my mother , Ann Moon , No. 4, Holborn bars ; our shop is there, and my mother lives there; I reside at Cursitor-street, Chancery-lane. I know no circumstance relating to the breaking of the shop window whatever. On Tuesday the 13th of March, I had been out, I returned about five in the afternoon, I found a pane of glass had been broken or cut. I went out about four o'clock, the watches were all safe in the window then, I had put them there in the morning. On my return I went to take the watches away, and found a bit of glass, and a great number of watches gone.

Q. Did you see any of them again - A. I never saw any of them till the one now in question was brought to me by Mr. Swan, the constable, on the 15th, the Thursday following. It is a new silver hunting watch; I knew it to be mine, it had only been finished that day.

MR. SWAN. Q. You searched the prisoner at Mr. Acres - A. Yes, I did, I found a silver hunting watch in Stoker's waistcoat pocket.

Prisoner's Defence. On my going down Holborn I saw three men at Mr. Moon's window, they gave me three watches to hold; they went towards the window again; they came to me and took the three watches from me; they gave me this watch; John Brown asked them if they would give him any, they hit him and ran away.

GUILTY, aged 14.

Of stealing only .

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

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