WILLIAM MERES.
8th September 1831
Reference Numbert18310908-97
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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1625. WILLIAM MERES was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of July , 4 handkerchiefs, value 16s. , the goods of George Everingham .

TWO OTHER COUNTS, calling it 4 yards of silk.

GEORGE EVERINGHAM . I live in Leadenhall-street . This piece of handkerchiefs was at my shop door for sale; it was four handkerchiefs in one piece - on the 25th of July, about seven o'clock in the evening, I was looking, and saw them taken; I went to the door, and saw the prisoner running off with them - I pursued, calling Stop thief! he dropped them, and was taken, without my losing sight of him.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner. Q. You asked me where they were - if you saw me drop them why not take them up? A. I was anxious to take him; I saw him drop them, and a gentleman gave them to me.

BENJAMIN SAVILL . I am a watchman. I heard a cry of Stop thief! saw the prisoner running, and stopped him two or three hundred yards from the door; I was opposite the house, and saw him come into the road.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was going along, and the patrol stopped me; I was running because I was late.

GUILTY . Aged 21. - Transported for Seven Years .


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