4th December 1822
Reference Numbert18221204-155

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153. PHILLIP REDMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of November , two yards of cloth, value 2 s. , the goods of Thomas Edwards .

THOMAS EDWARDS . I am a willow-cutter , and live in Castle-street, Whitechapel. On the 16th of November, about twelve o'clock at night, I was going home with two aprons made of Russia duck; the prisoner stopped me in Whitechapel , saying,

"Halloo my boy, where are you going" - I said home. He asked what I had got - I said nothing but my own; he said,

"Let me look at it." I shewed it to him; he took it from me, and said he would take care of it till the morning. I said I would rather keep it myself. I was in liquor a little, but capable of knowing what I was about. I asked for it again; he insisted on seeing me home, and saw me to the end of the street, and said,

"Now where do you live." I was pointing to the house, and he ran off with the bundle into a Mr. Cuff's gateway, where he is watchman, but before I could get to the gate he shut it; a witness came up, and knocked for eight or ten minutes; he at last came out, and was taken to the watch-house.

SELAH FRANCIS . I live in Newcastle-street. On the 16th of November, about twelve o'clock at night, I saw the prisoner running from Edwards into the gateway; he shut the wicket after him. I saw nothing in his hand. I stood about a quarter of an hour while Edwards knocked at the gate; he poked his head out, and said he had nothing belonging to him. He is a private watchman.

Prisoner. Q. Did not I say I was taking care of it till the morning - A. No, he denied having any thing.

RICHARD PLUNKETT . I am constable of the night. The prisoner was brought to the watch-house, charged with the robbery, and denied all knowledge of it; he said he saw Edwards at the corner of Castle-street, but knew nothing of the cloth; but after he was locked up, he called me, and said he had put the cloth in a little back warehouse. I went to search, but could not find it. Next morning he called me, and said he threw it up into a loop-hole at Mr. Baker's warehouse. Mr. Baker's man found it there.

EDWARD FARMER . I assisted Edwards to take the prisoner; he said the man in the gate-way robbed him. I knocked for a quarter of an hour. The prisoner then came and denied having the cloth. I took him to the watch-house.

WILLIAM NORTH . I am servant to Mr. Baker. On the morning of the 17th of November, I found the cloth up in the first floor loft, which communicates with Mr. Cuff's yard; I gave it to Plunkett.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I told them at the watch-house I had thrown it there directly I went in, and if they would stand on a tub they could get it. I put it there ready for him if he called in the morning.

GUILTY . Aged 36.

Confined Four Months .

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