7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-59
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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964 GEORGE MASON was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of June , one watch, value 2 l.; one seal, value 10 s., and one watch-key, value 4 s., the property of John Leach , in his dwelling-house .

ANN LEACH . I am the wife of John Leach , we live in Laystall-street . On the 7th of June, about seven o'clock in the evening, the prisoner came to my house and wanted a lodging - he went away with a lodger of mine, returned by himself, and went up to the fire-place - he took my husband's watch off the nail, and ran away with it. I called out Stop thief! he got out of my sight, but was stopped and brought back with it.

THOMAS SMITH . I keep a coffee-shop in Liquorpond-street. I saw the prisoner running up Crown-court; he was stopped. A person said in his presence that the prisoner had run to his privy, and shut the flap down. I went to the privy, found the watch, drew it up, and gave it to Read.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY. Aged 16.

Of stealing to the value of 39 s. only .

Confined Six Months .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Holroyd.

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