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<interp inst="t18100221-96-off568" type="offenceSubcategory" value="grandLarceny"/> feloniously stealing, on the
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<persName id="t18100221-96-person1000"> JAMES CROOKS
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<interp inst="t18100221-96-person1000" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t18100221-96-victim999 t18100221-96-viclabel570"/>; on the 12th of February I had a fare to Clapton, on my coming home near one o'clock in the morning, I had the misfortune to overturn my coach, it was dark, I got out of the road into a ditch by the side of a brick field, I got the prisoner to assist me, he could not help me himself, he went and got another man, he came with another watchman and helped me with the horses; I was obliged to leave the coach till day light, I left the great coat on the coach, it was a bye road, I thought it would be safe till morning, the prisoner went with me, and helped put the horses into the stable. I went to the coach again as it was day light in the morning, and the coat was gone, I did not see the coat again untill I saw it at Worship street on the Wednesday.</p>
<p>Q. What is your coat worth. - A. Fourteen shillings.</p>
<p>Q. Was the prisoner a
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t18100221-96-defend997 t18100221-96-deflabel571"/>. - A. Yes; he was the first watchman that I called to my assistance.</p>
<persName id="t18100221-96-person1001"> JAMES GRIFFITH
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<interp inst="t18100221-96-person1001" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a constable of Hackney; the prisoner was a labouring man and a watchman occasionally, he was on duty that night; I was informed by the other watchman, that the man had lost his coat, he was suspicious that the prisoner had got it, I apprehended him about two o'clock on the Monday, he told me, he had got the coat at home in the closet, I sent the other watchman for the coat.</p>
<persName id="t18100221-96-person1002"> JOHN SMITH
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<interp inst="t18100221-96-person1002" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a watchman; I went to the prisoner's house, the wife took the coat out of the closet, and gave it to me.</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence. On the night mentioned in the indictment,
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<interp inst="t18100221-96-person1003" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> my prosecutor came along with the coach very much intoxicated; he asked me the way to Balls-pond, I directed him, instead of which he drove towards Robin-Hood Ferry, his coach was plunged into a pit, and from my feeble strength and old age, I could not relieve or ease the horses, therefore I went for another watchman for assistance; we extricated the horses who was lodged for the night at an adjoining house, the coach was obliged to be left till the next morning. The great coat I did not find for two hours afterwards, and I did not imagine that it belonged to the prosecutor, as he never mentioned its loss, the coat was wet and dirty, I found is a great way off the coach, I took it home, and to prevent the wet and dirt from communicating any damp or dirt to me, I wrapped it up in some hay, when I came home I thrust it into a hole under the stairs, in which place it remained till it was fetched away, when I was in custody, I instantly told I had it, I meaned to return it when I found an owner for it, I have lived all my life by my industry, I am very comfortable in my family, I never stole any thing for myself or them: I hope to be acquitted by the court.</p>
<p>The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.</p>
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<p>First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.</p> </div1></div0>

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