20th September 1809
Reference Numbert18090920-157
SentenceMiscellaneous > fine; Imprisonment > hard labour

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784. JAMES LAYTON was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 1st of September , 6 silver tea-spoons, value 20 s. and a silver sugar tongs , the property of George Swalton .

GEORGE SWALTON . I keep the King's Head, Cumberland street . On the 1st of September my wife thought she heard somebody up stairs on the second floor, I went up stairs with her, and found the prisoner in the bed room, the bed clothes were very much disordered, the pillows and blankets were laying about the room, and likewise in the adjoining room; my wife saw him first lay under the bed in the second room; we found him three parts of the way out of the second floor window, so that the whole of his body was hanging out, his legs only appeared, I pulled him back.

Q. What is he - A. He gave me to understand that he had a share in an hackney coach.

JOHN BAKER , I searched the prisoner, I found the duplicate of a watch which this gentleman pledged for a friend, the prisoner said he had pawned the spoons in Norfolk street.

MR. RAY. I am a pawnbroker, I live in Norfolk Street, Middlesex Hospital. On the 1st of August, I took in 2 spoons of the prisoner, on the 2d, I took a pair of sugar tongs and four spoons for one pound.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence, called three witnesses who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 16.

Fined one shilling , confined six months in the house of correction, and there kept to hard labour .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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