6th April 1808
Reference Numbert18080406-79
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Corporal > public whipping

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341. THOMAS WATKINS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 22nd of February , a brass handle, value 6 d. the property of William Littlewood , affixed to his dwelling house .

The case was stated by Mr. Arabin.

DANIEL BERRY . - Mr. Arabin. You are servant to a gentleman, I believe in Brunswick square. - A. Yes, to Mr. Bromley, in Brunswick square.

Q. Were you in Lamb's Conduit street, on the 22nd of February last. - A. I was; about a quarter before seven o'clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner upon the steps of Mr. Littlewood's door, No. 40, Lamb's Conduit street . I had a suspicion that he was after the handle of the door, as there were a number of handles lost in the neighbourhood; I saw him wrench the handle. and he dropped the handle on the steps; I told the watchman what I saw; when we got into Lansdowne place, I said stop my friend; then he ran; the watchman halloed out stop thief; I took him across the square, he had an apron on, he threw it down, it was full of handles; I saw him throw an iron crow and a turn screw over the irons rails; I saw the person pick it up, it was given me at the watchhouse. I can take my oath to the man at the bar; I only lost sight of him for a moment when he turned the corner.

MR. CANNAN. This is the handle that fits the door of Mr. Littlewood, affixed to the door, it is worth two shillings.

MR. LITTLEWOOD. I saw it fitted, it fitted exactly.

Q. Where is your house situated - A. No. 40, Lamb's Conduit street, in the parish of St. George the martyr.

Prisoner's Defence. I leave myself to the mercy of your lordship, and the gentlemen of the jury.

GUILTY , aged 56.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and Publicly Whipped .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

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