Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 19 October 2018), April 1765, trial of Robert Bouran (t17650417-48).

Robert Bouran, Theft > grand larceny, 17th April 1765.

268. (M.) Robert Bouran was indicted for stealing a man's hat, value 5 s. the property of Daniel Evans , February 1 . ++

John Philip Scott . I keep a cook's shop in Chiswell-street . The prisoner came to my house to have some victuals; he made a sort of a riot; I thought him a little in liquor; he wanted to toss up with the people; after he had eat his supper he left an old hat, and took a good one, and went out.

Daniel Evans . I lodge in Mr. Scott's house: I had put my hat upon a nail where the prisoner and I sat; after he eat his supper he had this hat on his head (producing an old hat), I went up stairs, and when I came down again my hat and the prisoner were gone: mine was quite a new one; I never wore it above five or six times; the prisoner used to come to our house very often before, but never came afterwards.

Scott. The prisoner used to sell muffins about the streets: his excuse, when he was taken up, was, that he went out, and went into another house, the Black Horse in Barbican; and happened to be in a little fray, and lost it, and durit not come back to tell us.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was a little in liquor, and by mistake I changed the hat, and after that I had some words with a person at the Black Horse, and lost the hat: the prosecutor offered to make it up for half a crown.

Prosecutor. I never did offer such a thing: when I charged the prisoner, he gave charge of me, and I was carried to the Compter, and kept there from the Saturday to the Tuesday.

Acquitted .