29th October 1829
Reference Numbert18291029-156
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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1997. JOHN BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of September , 1 cap, value 3s., the goods of William Rowe , from the person of Edwin Samuel Rowe .

JANE ROWE . I am seven years old, and live with my

father in Red Lion-street, Kingsland-road. On the 27th of September I went into the fields with my brother Edwin Samuel Rowe , and saw the prisoner - he told me there were some butter-cups in the field; I went to look for them, and left my little brother at the top of the field, with the cap on his head - I could not find any butter-cups, but when I turned my head round I saw the prisoner running with my brother's cap; he turned round the corner: I had seen him once before; I went to my father, and told him what had happened - this is my brother's cap.

Cross-examined by MR. J. ALLEY. Q.Were there many boys in the field? A. There were two more, whom I did not know; the prisoner had no coat on - I did not see him throw any thing away: the other boys stood still - I have a governess - she asked me about the cap; I did say I was not sure the prisoner was the boy who took the cap, but I saw him run away with it; the other boys were not dressed as he was.

WILLIAM ROWE. I am a dyer , and live in Red Lion-street, Kingsland-road. My little son, Edwin Samuel Rowe, was out with this child, and went on Sunday, the 27th of September, about four o'clock, to Black Horse-fields - she came back to me, and stated what she has now- a boy came to my house, and asked if I had not three children; I said Yes - he described a boy to me: I went after him, but could not find him - I applied to an officer who knew him by name - he took him the same evening; the prisoner's mother found the cap next morning - this is it.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you a governess in your house? A. No.

CHARLES WALLER . I am a Bow-street patrol. I took the prisoner in consequence of information - I asked him at the watch-house what he had done with the cap he took from the child; he said he knew nothing about it - I went to his mother the next day, and she gave me this cap.

Witnesses for the Defence.

MARGARET BROWN . I am the prisoner's mother. I went to William Holt , with my son Edward and a boy named Charles Austin ; a cap, which I believe is this, was produced to me by Holt - I have not seen him here to-day- I tried to find him, but he has moved from the house; he promised he would attend here.

COURT. Q. You know nothing of Mr. Rowe? A. I know he lives in that street; they have pitched on a wrong person - the officer said if I could find the cap they would liberate my son; as I was going home I saw some boys in the road, who asked me if my son was gone to the watch-house about a cap - I said, "Yes, and if you can tell me any thing about it I will give you 1s.;" they said a boy who was selling apples had a cap thrown on his basket - I went and got this.

CHARLES AUSTIN . I know William Holt - I went with this witness to him, and got this cap.

COURT. Q. You knew where to go and get it? A. Yes - I was not in the field that day; Holt is taller than the prisoner.

GUILTY . Aged 15.

Whipped and Discharged .

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