25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-156
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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156. JOHN LEE was indicted for stealing 1 pair of boots, value 3s. 6d., the goods of John Ball.

JOHN BALL . I live at Stratford. This pair of boots is mine—I saw them safe in my shop window on the 18th of Nov., about seven

o'clock that evening—I am quite sure they are mine, and had not been sold—on that evening I was sitting in my back room, and heard a noise at my shop window—I went to see if I had lost anything, and missed this pair of boots from the window—I told Clark to go one way, and I went the other—Clark brought the prisoner back, and I gave him into custody.

THOMAS CLARK . On the evening of the 18th of Nov., I was sitting in Mr. Ball's back room, at Stratford—I beard a rattle at the window—I said so, and Mr. Ball ran and said, "There is a pair of boots gone"—he went one way and I went the other—I saw the prisoner running away with the boots—I caught him and brought him back with them in his hand.

ZEPHANIAH TAYLOR (police-constable K 320.) The prisoner was given to me, with these boots.

COURT to JOHN BALL. Q. Is yours an open window? A. No, a close window—I had a glass broken, and placed a board against it till I could get a pane of glass put in.

(Elizabeth Thompson, a laundress, gave the prisoner it good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 11.— Confined Seven Days .

Before Mr. Recorder.

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