17th June 1818
Reference Numbert18180617-56

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935. JOHN CAMPLIN was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of May , at St. John, Hackney , one watch, value 3l.; one key, value 1d., and one piece of ribbon, value 1d., the goods of John Bean , in his dwelling-house .

MARY BEAN . I am the wife of John Bean, who is a watchmaker , and lives at St. John's, Hackney. On the 19th of May my husband was out in the afternoon - I was in the shop. I left the shop, and went down to the kitchen underneath - I had left the shop-door shut, and took the key with me; I thought I had locked it-there were watches in the window. In a few minutes I heard a noise in the shop, ran up, and found the prisoner coming out of the shop into the passage, with a silver watch in his hand. I stopped him, and asked him how he came by it? The street-door was always open. I asked him what business he had in the shop? he said he was coming in, and found it on the floor - I had seen it hanging on a hook in the window half an hour before; no person but myself had been in the shop. I held the prisoner; the neighbours came to my assistance. I took the watch from him, and gave him into the charge of Bennett. It is a silver watch, which came to be repaired-my husband made it about two years ago, and received 6l. for it. Bennett is not here. I saw the watch at Worship-street the same evening in his possession.

JOHN BEAN . I returned, found the prisoner in custody, and saw the watch in Bennet's possession at Worship-street - it is worth 4l.; it is capped and jewelled.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I found a brooch, took it into the shop to ask if it was gold, and found the watch on the floor. I was going to knock, and the prosecutrix took me.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 15.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Abbott.

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