6th December 1827
Reference Numbert18271206-183
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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184. OBADIAH LAWLESS and RICHARD WINKFIELD were indicted for stealing, on the 7th of November , 30 bushels of soot, value 15s.; 1 sieve, value 1s., and 2 padlocks, value 6d. , the goods of Robert Johnson .

ROBERT JOHNSON. I am a chimney-sweeper , and live at Pentonville. I keep my soot in Horn's-alley - I missed two sacks on the 24th of October; also a sieve and padlock on the 7th of November, and four sacks of soot; I had put four marked halfpence among the soot, to know it again; my cellar had been broken open twice; on the morning of the 7th of November I saw some soot spilt in the street - I and the officer traced it to a shed in an alley in Turnmill-street, belonging to the prisoners; I found about thirty bushels of soot there, all loose - I sifted it, and found three of the marked halfpence among it - the prisoners were taken next day - their premises are about one-eighth of a mile from mine; the prisoners are jobbing sweeps - I found my sieve, two padlocks, and a kettle, on their premises - I believe the soot to be mine.

Prisoner LAWLESS. Q. Did you ever see me near your cellar? A. Yes; I caught you there twice; you said you came there to sleep.

CHARLES GEORGE VINCENT . I am an officer. I went with the prosecutor to the prisoners' place - I found a padlock on the door, and in the door-way we found a sieve - there was a quantity of soot there, with three marked halfpence on it; I know the prisoners worked there - I found the key of the cellar padlock in one of their pockets.

JOHN LOADSMAN . I went with Vincent, and saw the soot sifted; we fastened up the door - they came afterwards and broke it open.

- LANGDON. I let the prisoners the shed which this soot was found in - Winkfield hired it, but Lawless paid me the rent.

LAWLESS' Defence. This young man engaged me to work there - he gave me 2s. 6d. to pay the rent.



Confined One Month , and Whipped .

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