HENRY SMITH, WILLIAM BARNES.
8th September 1831
Reference Numbert18310908-148
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceTransportation

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1675. HENRY SMITH and WILLIAM BARNES were indicted for stealing, on the 28th of August , 1 hat, value 1s. 6d.; 1 pair of shoes, value 5s.: 1 shirt, value 3s.; 1 neck handkerchief, value 6d.; 1 pair of stockings, value 6d.; 4 half-crowns, and 2 shillings, the property of Benjamin Lambeth , from his person .

BENJAMIN LAMBETH . I am servant to Mr. Freeman, of Warwick-lane, a coach-proprietor. On the 28th of August, between four and five o'clock in the afternoon, I was in Smithfield; this handkerchief was in my pocket, and the money also, and the shirt - I was not sober, and laid down in Smithfield , opposite the Ram Inn, in one of the sheep-pens - I awoke about five o'clock, and my hat was gone from my head, my money from my breeches pocket and my stockings and shirt also - my shoes were taken off my feet - I did not know either of the prisoners, and have not found any of my property - I saw the prisoners in custody next day on this charge.

WILLIAM CLEENSON . I am a scale-maker, and live in Smithfield. On the 28th of August, about five o'clock, I saw the prosecutor asleep in the pens; he then had his hat and shoes on - I saw both the prisoners there about five minutes after; they came up to him, from West-street, and took off his shoes and hat: then one of their companions who is not in custody, took the hat and shoes down West-street - they went away, came back again in about five minutes to try his pockets; I saw them take a white parcel, which appeared a shirt, from his coat pocket - they then went away; I went next door to my brother-in-law to inform him - and soon after they returned a third time; one of the prisoners laid down by the prosecutor's side, and rifled his pockets - I pointed them out to my brother-in-law; he went and they were secured - the third person was only with them the first time.

ROBERT WOOD . I am Cleenson's brother in-law. I was informed of this; I saw the prisoners return to the prosecutor, and rifle his pockets; I went and procured an officer, and had them taken.

FRANCIS GETTINGS . I am an officer. Wood took the prisoners and delivered them to me; I took them to the Compter, and found 2s. on Barnes, and 2s. 41/2d. on Smith - they called me by my name, and knew me very well, and I knew them.

Smith's Defence. I work in Smithfield market; this young man, living in the neighbourhood, went with me to Islington; as we came back there was a man preaching in Smithfield, and just before I got there Gettings came and collard us.

SMITH - GUILTY . Aged 21.

BARNES - GUILTY . Aged 17.

Transported for Life .


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