18th September 1811
Reference Numbert18110918-26
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Corporal > public whipping

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647. JOHN PATTY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 15th of August , fifty-nine pound weight of lead, value 5 s. the property of Robert Humphry Martin , John Craven , Thomas Fellows , and others.

SECOND COUNT - for like offence, the property of certain persons to the jurors unknown.

JOHN FORRESTER . I am a constable. On the 15th of August, between four and five in the afternoon I observed the prisoner in Aldgate High Street. When he came to me he had a bushel basket on his shoulder covered over with an apron, and on the top of the apron was straw. In consequence of suspicion I followed him into Petticoat Lane, there I stopped him and asked him what he had got, he said lead, and he was going to dispose of it at the first rag-shop he could find, I asked him where he brought it from, he said from the Commercial Sale Rooms in Mincing Lane, I asked him if he had the priviledge to sell the lead from there, he said there were three or four in it besides him and the foreman knew of it, but he had it of the foreman's brother. I told him I must take him to the Compter, he begged and prayed I would not, and said I might have the lead, that I might call upon the foreman, he would satisfy me for my trouble. I took him to the Compter, the lead has been in my custody ever since. This is the lead, it is fifty-nine pound weight.

JAMES HURLEY . I am superintendant clerk of the works at the Commercial Sale Rooms . The prisoner was employed there as a labourer , in the course of that day they were removing lead from the arches. The lead that the constable has produced tallies with the lead of the arches, the lead was upon oak joists, it gives the lead a particular colour. I can swear it is that lead.

RICHARD HIGLEY . I was foreman of the bricklayers on the 15th of August, the prisoner was a labourer.

Q. Did you authorise him to take away any lead. - A. I did not.

THOMAS HIGLEY . I was employed upon these premises.

Q. Did you authorise him to take away any lead. - A. I did not.

ANTHONY BROWN . I am solicitor to these gentlemen, the property is invested in the gentlemen whose names are in the indictment.

GUILTY , aged 40.

Confined six Months in Newgate and publicly whipped .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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