15th January 1829
Reference Numbert18290115-129

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394. JOSEPH SIBLEY was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of December , 9lbs. weight of figs, value 4s. 6d. , the goods of James Reading .

GEORGE READING . I am brother of James Reading - he keeps a grocer's shop . On the evening of the 16th of December, about half-past nine o'clock, I was having my supper, and was informed some boys were at the door; I ran out, and saw the prisoner with this drum of figs in his hand; he dropped it at the step of the door, and ran away - I pursued, and he was taken at the top of the street; it my brother's property.

Prisoner's Defence. I saw some persons run - I ran, and a gentleman stopped me, and said I had stolen a box of figs; the officer told the witness he must swear that he saw me drop them, or else they could not hurt me.

GEORGE READING . I saw him drop them; I think there was another big boy there at the time.

GUILTY . Aged 13.

Transported for Seven Years .

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