8th April 1839
Reference Numbert18390408-1361
VerdictsGuilty > with recommendation; Not Guilty > unknown
SentencesCorporal > whipping

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1361. THOMAS WATTS was indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of March, 1 frock, value 1s. 6d., the goods of Robert Nutter: and MARY WATTS , for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing it to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.

CATHERINE NUTTER . I am the wife of Robert Natter; we live in Cottage-row, Poplar. On the 23rd of March I missed a frock which hung out to dry—I found it again at Mrs. Smith's—the prisoner lived in the neighbourhood.

Cross-examined by MR. LORD. Q. Do you know the frock? A. Yes—I missed it about ten o'clock at night.

SARAH ELIZABETH SMITH . I live in Robin Hood-lane, This frock was brought to my shop by Thomas Watts, between eight and nine o'clock at night—he said, "Mrs. Smith, will you buy this frock?"—I said, "Where did you get it?"—he said, "My mother got it from where she was at work, and sent me to sell it"—I said, "You rascal, you stole it; if you don't fetch your mother I will give you in charge"—he went away, and in a quarter of an hour his mother (the female prisoner) came, and said it was all right—that she had had it given her where she was at work, and if I would let her have a few halfpence on it she would thank me—I did so, and on the Monday a man and his wife came to buy some things, and the woman said the frock belonged to a neighbour of hers.

Cross-examined. Q. He fetched his mother? A. Yes—I had known her some time—I knew no harm of her.

GEORGE MURRAY (police-constable K 25.) The female prisoner was brought to our station-house on the Monday, and some time after a boy came and asked for her—I said, "Where is your other brother?"—he said, "Outside"—I went out and took the prisoner Thomas Watts—he said he was along with Bill perry, and he gave him the frock to sell.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you seen Petty since? A. Yes, but I do not know where he is now. THOMAS WATTS— GUILTY. Aged 14.—Recommended to mercy. — Whipped, and Discharged.


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