28th October 1812
Reference Numbert18121028-56
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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897. JOHN BROWN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 20th of October , four pounds weight of leather, value 10 s. the property of John Swift , privately, in his shop .

JOHN SWIFT . I am a shoemaker , No. 15, Crown-street, Finsbury-square . On the 20th of October, about half after one, I was stooping down at my shop-window; I heard some one go across my shop, I lifted up my head, and saw the prisoner; he ran out of my shop. I pursued him, and brought him back. This is the leather I took from him. It is mine.

Prisoner's Defence. I have it to your mercy. It was entirely through distress I did it.

GUILTY, aged 52,

of stealing, but not privately .

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

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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