6th June 1821
Reference Numbert18210606-143
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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852. ROBERT MATTHEWS was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of April , six pennyweights of gold, value 10 s. ; the goods of Thomas Dugard .

FRANCIS DUBOIS . I am a gold and silver refiner, and live in Well-street, Oxford-road. On the 19th of April, about eleven o'clock in the morning, some gold was shown to me, as having been brought by somebody; the prisoner and his mother called about it on a Sunday, seven or eight days after, and said, they come to fetch the money or gold which had been left, the mother claimed it as her's; I told her to leave her address, and if all was right, I would send my foreman with the money; she gave her address, No. 4, Smith-street, Northampton-square; I sent round to the trade, and saw Mr. Dugard a day or two after, he claimed it; I did not see either of them again, till the examination; I had asked the prisoner, where he lived, he said at Morris and Fields, gold chasers, St. John's-lane, I sent to them about it.

THOMAS DUGARD . I am a working jeweller , and live in Red Lion-street ; the prisoner lived with me a fortnight as errand boy ; I was informed of this robbery, and found the prisoner concealed under some steps of a chapel, in St. John's-lane, he had been away all day; I had taken him to Mr. Dubois, to see if they would identify him, they were not at home; I left word that I would send the boy up next morning; he came next morning, I sent him on a message up, and he never returned, and I found him under the steps at eleven o'clock at night; Mr. Dubois examined the gold; I had been to his mother, and told her of it.

WILLIAM ASHWELL . I am employed by Mr. Dugard, and I know the gold to be his, it was weighed out to me about a week before the prisoner was taken up; I know it by a flaw in it; I was drawing it, and it broke, I put it on a tray, on a shelf, over my head, and did not miss it till Mr. Dugard shewed it to me; the prisoner was generally in the factory; I never saw his mother on the premises.

EDWARD READ . I am an officer. On the 25th of April Mr. Dugard gave the prisoner into my charge; he cried very much, and begged forgiveness.

GUILTY . Aged 13.

Whipped and Discharged .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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