2nd April 1800
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312. JOSEPH BUCKERIDGE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 15th of March , seventy-five yards of Scotch ticking, value 5l. the property of John Bennett , privately in his shop .

JOHN BENNETT sworn. - I am an upholsterer at Hammersmith , opposite the Black Bull: On Saturday, the 16th of March, the prisoner came to my house, and said he came from a lady, and wanted some carpets; in about half an hour the prisoner came a second time, I was writing in the kitchen, it is impossible that any body could come into the shop without my knowledge; hearing a noise in the shop, I went up stairs, and saw the prisoner within a very few yards of my door, with the ticking upon his shoulder; I pursued him, and at one time I was very near him, but he jumped over some pales, and tore his hands with the tenter-hooks; then I lost him for an hour and a quarter; I went to different public-houses, and gave information; the country people had stopped him, seeing his hands bloody, they thought he had committed murder; I afterwards found him in the taproom at the White-horse, Shepherd's-bush, about a mile and a quarter from my shop; I am sure the prisoner is the same man; it laid in the shop window where we put carpets; he must have gone quite round the door to take it.

Q. Are you quite sure he must have come into the shop? - A. I am quite sure of it; the prisoner told me that a gentleman had given it him to carry, at my door.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. At the time this ticking was taken out of your shop you were in the kitchen? - A. Yes.

Q. You found nobody in the shop when you came up? - A. No.

Q. When you came up the man had run away, and you ran after him? - A. Yes.

Q. What opportunity had you then of seeing his face? - A. He turned, repeatedly, to see if I was coming after him, and when he got to the pales, I almost caught hold of his hand.

THOMAS PRINCE sworn. - I work in the brickfields: I saw the prisoner walking along with a piece of ticking on his shoulder, he was coming from Mr. Bennett's house towards town; I saw him drop it down and run away; Thomas Hatton picked it up, and took it to Mr. Bennett's house; I am sure the prisoner is the man.

THOMAS HATTON sworn. - I saw the prisoner with the ticking upon his shoulder, he threw it down when Mr. Bennett pursued him close; I took it up, and carried it to Mr. Bennett's shop. (It is produced).

Mr. Bennett. This is my ticking, I had had it three quarters of a year by me, it being too narrow for common mattresses; there is seventy-five marked upon it at the corner, it cost me seven pounds.

Prisoner's defence. I went into the Black-bull, and a porter said he would give me some beer to carry it for him; I had been to North-end to look for work; I am totally innocent of the charge.

GUILTY Death . (Aged 23.)

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

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