4th December 1828
Reference Numbert18281204-167
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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166. JOHN RYAN was indicted for stealing, on the 3d of November , 1 watch, value 20s, the goods of David Ready .

DAVID READY. I am a shoemaker - the prisoner lodged with me. On the 3d of November I left my watch in my own house - it was taken between ten and twelve o'clock; I came back about twelve o'clock, and my wife told me it was gone - I had seen the prisoner that morning; he had access to the whole house.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Is your wife here? A. No - the prisoner lodged with me, but what I could give him in three days could scarcely support him one day; he is very young - I suppose from fourteen to fifteen; he was in great distress, or I would not have allowed him to be there, and he would not have done it.

WILLIAM FOWLE . I am a pawnbroker. I produce a watch, pawned with me on the 3d of November. by a lad very much like the prisoner - I am not sure he is the boy.

WILLIAM DODD . I am an officer. The prisoner was given to me by his own father. with the duplicate of the watch - he acknowledged that he went over to Blackfriars-road and pawned it, and said he did it from hunger.

GUILTY. Aged 15.

Judgment Respited .

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