16th September 1824
Reference Numbert18240916-187
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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Before Mr. Justice Littledale.

1427. WILLIAM TERRY was indicted for stealing on the 29th of July , a watch, value 2 l., the property of John Bell , in his dwelling-house .

JOHN BELL . I live in Elm-street, Gray's-inn-lane , and am a clock-maker . The prisoner was my apprentice . On the 30th of July, I missed a watch: I saw it safe on the evening of the 28th I am certain, and think that it hung in my bed-room. I did not always wear it. He went out on Thursday evening, the 29th, and did not return at all. I found him at the watch-house on Saturday the 31st.

WILLIAM CREED . I am a pawn-broker, and live in Gray's-inn-lane. On the 30th of July, between seven and eight o'clock in the morning, the prisoner came to redeem some articles, and pawned a watch for 20 s.; it is worth 30 s. We asked him if it was his own; he said it was.

GEORGE STRIPLING . I am house-man at Eagle-street watch-house. Between eleven and twelve o'clock on Saturday night, the 31st of July, Mrs. Bell gave the prisoner into my charge. I was going to search him; but he pulled off his shoe and gave me the duplicate of this watch, pawned in the name of Richard Thomas .

WILLIAM GREEN . That is the duplicate I gave him.

(Property produced and sworn to.

GUILTY. Aged 17.

Of stealing to the value of 39 s. only .

Recommended to Mercy. Confined Three Months .

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