14th February 1833
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642. WILLIAM WILKS was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of February , at St. George in the East, 1 bag, value 2d.; 5 sovereigns, 13 half-crowns, 7 shillings, and 1 sixpence, the property of James Shepherd , the elder, in his dwelling-house .

MARTHA SHEPHERD . I am the wife of James Shepherd ; we live in Grove-street, Commercial-road, in the parish of St. George in the East ; we occupy the whole house. On the night of the 14th of February, I was sitting by the fire, with my family; my son took a candle to go to bed, he cried out that there was a man under the bed - I cried out for the Policeman; my husband ran and fetched the prisoner down stairs - I had some sovereigns and silver in a bag, in a drawer up stairs.

JAMES SHEPHERD , JUN. On the night of the 14th of

February I went into the bed-room with my candle - my father was with me; I saw the prisoner under the bed; we brought him down - he cried for mercy, and said if we would let him go he would tell us what his father was; he produced this bag and money from his pocket, which I know to he my mother's; I had seen him in the street before.

RICHARD MEADOWLEE (Police-constable H 167.) I took the prisoner - I have the bag, five sovereigns, thirteen half-crowns, and 7s. 6d., which he pulled out of his pocket, in my presence.

GUILTY . Aged 16. - Transported for Life .

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