5th April 1832
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1008. HENRY JOHNSON was indicted for stealing on the 20th of March , 1 shirt, value 4s. the goods of William Daffen .

SARAH GORDON . I live in Ironmonger-row, St. Luke's . I had a shirt to wash belonging to William Daffen on the 20th of March - I hung it in the yard, where there were some other things; I have known the prisoner more than twelve months - be kept company with my sister; he was there the whole of that day, and he went into the yard - be then came up and finished tea; I sent my mother down for the shirt to iron it, and it was not there - I then went down and asked one of the lodgers if she had taken it in mistake; she said, No - the prisoner then closed his hands, and said, might his hands never unclose any more if he did not see her take it down, and he would go for a Policeman - he went, and was gone an hour and a half - he then returned, and said, he could not find one; I said, "You are the person who told me of it, and I will send for a Policeman, and have you searched" - he said, "You may search me yourself;" he pulled off his right stocking, and there was nothing there, but in his left stocking was the duplicate and the money - I said, "You good for nothing man, go about your business;" he said he would not, he would have my life, and then he would go to prison like a man - he then said, he had done that which would transport him, and I might do it and be d - d; I sent for the officer, and gave him in charge - I do not know what the prisoner is; my sister and I scarcely ever speak, but she came that morning and he came with her.

Prisoner. Q. Did you not ask me to take a shawl and pawn it for you - I brought you the money, and you said, "Get a quartern of gin?" A. No, I did not know of it till you brought the money, and laid down 9d., and said you wanted 3d. to spend - I took the duplicate, and forgave you that, because I did not like an exposure - I never said I would do for you some time or other; I get my living honestly - I do not know whether you lived with my sister or not.

JOHN WILLIAMS . I am shopman to Mr. Latter, a pawnbroker. The shirt was pawned with me on the 20th of March, by the prisoner.

Prisoner. The prosecutrix gave it me to pawn.

SARAH GORDON . I never authorized him to pawn it; he accused a young woman in the house with taking it, and said, with bitter oaths, that he saw her take it.

Prisoner's Defence. It is nothing but a conspiracy of the family against me, because I do not like so much drinking of gin; they drink from morning to night, and are never sober.

GUILTY . Aged 21. - Confined Six Months .

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