17th February 1825
Reference Numbert18250217-15

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397. JOHN WALKER was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of January , three pails, value 5 s. , the goods of William Farmer .

WILLIAM FARMER. I am a cooper , and live at Little Chelsea . I missed three pails on the 19th of January, about six o'clock in the evening - it was dark: I saw them again between seven and eight, on the prisoner's shoulder. No person was at home at the time but my wife. I asked where he got the pails; he said he found them under some trees in Chapel-row. I gave charge of him.

GEORGE SPARROW . I am a jeweller. I was standing at the corner of Seymour-place, and saw the prisoner and another lad: I watched them, and saw the prisoner soon after go away with something on his shoulder; I pursued him, and took him with Farmer.

WILLIAM WIGGINS . I am a constable, and took him into custody.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming from Walham Green - I saw the pails under a tree; I took them on my shoulder, and was taken.

GUILTY . Aged 16.

Transported for Seven Years .

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