3rd January 1833
Reference Numbert18330103-140
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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392. JOHN JOHNSON was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of December , 1 tame fowl, price 2s. , the property of James Stevens .

JAMES STEVENS . I am a cow-keeper , and live at Turnham-green . This fowl was stolen from my hen-roost; the prisoner knew my premises; he worked in the neighbourhood - there is no door to the roost - he had no right on my premises at all.

WILLIAM CHURCH . I am a Policeman. On the 1st of January, I took the prisoner into custody, coming from his employer's house, a witness having given information.

JOHN COLBURN . I live with the prosecutor. On the 31st of December I was in the stables, early in the evening, and heard the fowls squeak - I took a light, and found the prisoner standing against the roost; I called to him several times - he did not answer me - at last he said he was reaching a turnip from the cart, and he went away - I went after him, saw something under his smock-frock, and found it was the fowl; I took hold of him and he dropped it from under his smock-frock.

Prisoner. I did not intend to take it away.

GUILTY . Aged 17. - Whipped and Discharged.

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