20th April 1803
Reference Numbert18030420-70
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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384. THOMAS WIESSNER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 12th of March , a metal watch, value 40s. the property of Mary Wheeler , in her dwelling-house .

MARY WHEELER sworn. - Q.Are you a married woman? - A.No, I am a single woman .

Q.Where do you live? - A. In Wells-street, Marybone . On the 12th of March, I lost my watch; I had seen it about five minutes before; I found the prisoner in the room, it was about eight o'clock in the evening; it is a metal watch, with a tortoiseshell case; the prisoner was a stranger; I asked him, what business he had there; he made me no answer; he took towards the shop door; I followed him, when he got to the shop door I laid hold of him by the coat; there were two men in the shop that my mother was serving; I desired them to assist me, and one of them turned round and gave me a violent blow in the face; they pulled open the door, and all three ran out; I followed them to the door, and called stop thief; the prisoner was taken within six or seven yards from the window.

ANDREW KING sworn. - I am a constable of Marybone parish; I was sent for to take the prisoner into custody (Produces the watch.) I received it from Mary Wheeler .

Prosecutrix. I received it from Priscilla Parker.

PRISCILLA PARKER sworn. - I picked it up in the street; the prisoner was in custody of a man, who was about three or four yards from the prisoner.

Prosecutrix. After the prisoner was in custody, I went into the parlour and missed the watch. This is my watch.

ANN CALVERT sworn. - On the 12th of March, I saw a man using Mrs. Wheeler very ill, beating her, and knocking out the candles; then she cried stop thief; I saw the man run towards Margaret-street, and the prisoner ran the contrary way; the prisoner was stopped by a man with a bag of coals upon his back, and I saw him throw the watch away.

Prisoner's defence. I was not in the shop, nor near it; I am innocent of the charge.

GUILTY, aged 15.

Of stealing goods, value 39s.

Confined one year in the House of Correction .

Fined 1s. and discharged.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Heath.

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