8th July 1839
Reference Numbert18390708-2058
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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2058. THOMAS EDWARDS was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of June, 4 half-crowns, 13 shillings, and 10 sixpences, the monies of Joseph Osborne, from his person.

JOSEPH OSBORNE . I am a baker, and live in Little Shire-lane, where the prisoner's father and mother live. I lodge in the garret—another young lad slept in that room—the prisoner is a copper-plate printer—he does not live there—his brother sleeps with his father and mother, but the other one sleeps with me—he is about sixteen years old—on Sunday, the 16th of June, I went to bed about twelve o'clock—I then had 28s. in my

fob pocket—there were four hall-crowns, ten sixpences, and the rest shillings—I put my trowsers under my pillow—the other lad slept with me that night—I saw the prisoner in the room, before I went to bed—he had been home, and went out between seven and eight o'clock in the evening, and I believe, did not return before I went to bed—I went to sleep, and awoke about two o'clock, when the prisoner came into the room—he laid himself down by the side of the bed and pulled off his shoes, lying on the same bed as I and the young lad were in—I went to sleep again, and awoke about five o'clock in the morning—the prisoner was gone then—I found my trowsers had been taken from under my pillow, the pocket cut, and the trowsers laid across the bed—the other lad was asleep—I gave an alarm—the father and mother were in bed—I awoke them, and told them what had happened—I saw the prisoner again on the 2nd of July, and asked him what he had done with the money—he said he had none—I went for Dennis, the policeman, who took him.

JOHN DENNIS . I am a policeman. I was sent for, and took the prisoner into custody—I told him I was come to take him for stealing the prosecutor's money, 23s.—he made no answer—I found nothing on him.

Prisoner's Defence. I left the prosecutor along with two young girls at twelve o'clock at night.

JOSEPH OSBORNE re-examined. There were no young girls in the room—I had been with one, but left her at the door at twelve o'clock—I counted my money before I got into bed.


Before Mr. Justice Patteson.

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