16th September 1824
Reference Numbert18240916-266

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Middlesex Cases, Third Jury, Before Mr. Common Sergeant.

1505. THOMAS DOWSE was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of August , at St. Andrew, Holborn , a coat, value 2 l. a waistcoat, value 5 s. a pair of trowsers, value 10 s. a handkerchief, value 4 s. and a shirt, value 4 s. the goods of Catharine Dowse , widow , in her dwelling-house .

CATHARINE DOWSE . I live at No. 23, Cross-street, Hatton Garden, and am a widow. The prisoner is my son . On Tuesday, the 16th of August, about seven o'clock in the morning, I missed a coat, waistcoat, and trowsers, and a black silk handkerchief, belonging to another son of mine; they were safe the evening before. My cellar window was under repair; if any one had got in there, they might have got to the parlor, where these things were. The prisoner was brought in, and searched, in my presence. We found duplicates of the clothes, and 35 s. in money on him. He said nothing about the clothes; I got them back, and they are here now, The coat and waistcoat were in one place, and the trowsers in another.

JOHN WHITE DENNING . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Great Surrey-street. These trowsers were pledged at my house on the 17th of August, in the name of John Good . I gave a duplicate, but do not know the person.

JOHN LIMBRICK . I am an officer of Hatton Garden. I produce the duplicates.

JOHN FLOWER . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Shoe-lane. I produce a coat and waistcoat, which were pledged by a lad in court, (not the prisoner) on the 17th of August.

EDWARD BILLETT . I pledged these articles at the last witness's shop. They were given to me by the prisoner.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

CATHERINE DOWSE , re-examined. I saw my son two days afterwards; he is employed in carrying milk for me.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 15.

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