28th June 1820
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745. WILLIAM GUITON was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of May , one chest, value 1 s., and 82 lbs. of tea, value 20 l. , the goods of Joseph Travers , John Travers , and Joseph Travers the Younger .

MR. ALLEY conducted the prosecution.

FREDERICK WILKINSON . I am in the employ of the prosecutors, who live in Swithin's-lane . On the 9th of June, between two and three o'clock in the afternoon, several chests of tea were brought to the door in a waggon; the carman had gone for refreshment. I heard an alarm, ran out, and found Mr. Smith in pursuit - I joined him, and saw the prisoner in Sherborne-lane with the chest of tea on his shoulder; he was secured at the bottom of the lane by Macdonald. I saw him throw the chest down before he was stopped. It was my masters' property.

JAMES SMITH . I am carman to Mr. Cobley. I saw the prisoner in Sherborne-lane with the chest of tea, he threw it down and ran away - he was taken in about three minutes by Macdonald. He knocked a man down who attempted to stop him.

JOHN MACDONALD . I am a shoemaker, and work in Sherborne-lane. I heard a hue and cry, jumped out, and seized the prisoner, who was running as fast as he could.

MR. JOHN TRAVERS . I am in partnership with Messrs. Joseph Travers , Sen. and Joseph Travers , Jun. - the tea is ours.

Prisoner's Defence. I met a man in Sherborne-lane, who asked me to carry it to Gracechurch-street. There was a cry of Stop thief! he immediately absconded - I threw it down to overtake him.

GUILTY . Aged 20.

Transported for Seven Years .

London Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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