3rd December 1823
Reference Numbert18231203-168
VerdictNot Guilty

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170. THOMAS JONES and WILLIAM LEWIS THORNBOROUGH were indicted for stealing, on the 12th of November , seven yards of linen, value 9 s., and nine yards of bombazine, value 15 s. , the goods of John Jones .

HARRIET JONES . I am the wife of John Jones . We live in Mincing-lane. On the 12th of November, in the morning, I went with my sister to the Horse and Groom, public-house, Theobald's-road, to call on Thornborough. He came in while we were there. Jones sat there. We had a pint of beer, and in half an hour went to the Three Canns, public-house, Laystall-street , with them - had a pot of beer there. My sister and Jones went to a wake - I and the other prisoner followed them. As we were going out, the landlord said, "There is some bread and cheese to pay for;" and having no money, I gave him my bundle, containing these things, to keep till we returned, as my sister had money. We went to the wake. Thornborough left us two hours, and then returned to the wake with two pots of beer, and my parcel. I opened it, and missed the bombazeen and linen.

Cross-examined by MR. ALLEY. Q. Did not you order your sister to pawn the things to get some porter at the wake - A. No. I am married.

Q. The bill of parcels for these things is made out to Mrs. Lee - A. I was living with Mrs. Lee at the time. I did not call myself Lee before the Magistrate. I do not know where my sister is. - I did not authorise her to pawn them.

THOMAS KING . I keep the public-house. Both the prisoners came for the bundle. I gave it them as I received it.


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