3rd July 1828
Reference Numbert18280703-109
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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Fourth Middlesex Jury - before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

1457. RICHARD HOBBS was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of May , 1 diamond, value 4s. 6d. , the goods of Alexander Purvis .

ALEXANDER PURVIS. I am a clock and watch-maker ; the prisoner was my errand-boy . On the 17th of May, I sent him to Clerkenwell with a gold watch and several other things; this diamond was in the watch - he was to take it to get a spring at Mr. Clare's, and bring it back; he did not return - but on the 28th his brother brought back all the other articles to me, except the diamond and the case: he had been with me two or three years.

CHARLES PADDON . I am servant to Mr. Cotton, a pawnbroker, of No. 90, Shoreditch. A diamond was pawned with me for 1s., but I cannot say it was this; the prisoner brought it, and said, his father was a watchmaker.

THOMAS MALSON . I am an officer. The prisoner was at the watch-house on the 30th of May; he acknowledged to me that he had pawned the diamond in Shoreditch and buried the ticket in his father's garden - I went to his father's and searched the garden, but could not find it; I found this diamond had been offered at different pawnbroker's, and found it had been pawned at Mr. Cotton's for 1s.; I took it out to see if it would correspond with the watch - which it did.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner. The prosecutor said he would forgive me.

PROSECUTOR. I certainly did; he had been a very good boy.

GUILTY. Aged 16.

Recommended to Mercy by the Jury .

Confined Three Months and Whipped .

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