6th April 1796
Reference Numbert17960406-72
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > newgate

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298. JAMES DAWSON was indicted, for that he, on the 6th of April , on the King's highway in and upon Fanny Davies , did make an assault, putting her in fear and danger of her life, and taking from her person, a pair of woman's stays, value 8s. a pair of jumps, value 12d. two hanks of fewing silk, value 6d. eight yards of tape, value 6d. a hank of thread, value 1d. a piece of buckram, value 1d. and a linen pocket handkerchief, value 2d. the property of the said Fanny.


I am a widow : On Wednesday night last, about nine o'clock, as I was coming through Palace-yard , over right the Hall, the prisoner came behind me, and snatched the bundle out of my hand, and ran away directly; he had the same cloaths on that he has now; I am sure he is the man; he had a handkerchief bound round his left hand.

Q. Was it light enough to see his face? - A. I saw his face coming over Westminster-bridge; I had been at Lambeth, and was going home; I live just beyond Westminster-abbey.

Q. You know one soldier is like another; are you sure that is the man? - A. Yes; I saw his face on the bridge, and I saw his face when he snatched the bundle from me; I am sure he is the man.(Edward Carter, the pawn-broker, was called, but not appearing, his recognizance was ordered to be estreated).


I am an officer belonging to Queen's-square, Westminster: On Thursday morning, between eleven and twelve, I heard of two girls being stopped pledging a pair of stays; they said, they had them of a man that was then in bed, and I went and secured the prisoner; I found him in bed, and on a table in the room, I found a pair of jumps, and some sewing silk, which the prosecutrix owned; he was committed the same night, (the jumps and silk were produced in Court).


I am an officer; I was with the last witness, when he apprehended the prisoner.

Prosecutrix. I had these jumps to mend, I am answerable for them.

Prisoner's defence. I went into the Rose, over Westminster-bridge; this woman came in, and gave me a share of seven pints of beer; she was very much in liquor, and desired me to carry the bundle for her; she slipped down several times upon the bridge.

Court. Q. Had you been drinking at all with him? - A. He was having a pint of beer, and I drank part of it; I thought he was a distressed man, and I gave him some.

Q. Were you in liquor? - A. No; I met him at that public-house by accident.

Q. Where is that public-house? - A. I don't know.

Q. Then you must have drank? - A. No; I had not.

Q. Did you give him your bundle to carry? - A. I did not; he followed me out of the house.

GUILTY of stealing, but not violently .

Confined one week in Newgate , and delivered to his serjeant.

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.

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