Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 November 2021), January 1777, trial of ANTHONY LEBURT (t17770115-12).

ANTHONY LEBURT, Theft > grand larceny, 15th January 1777.

81. ANTHONY LEBURT was indicted for stealing a diamond ring, value 100 l. the property of William Priestman , November 2 d .

[The prisoner being a foreigner and not understanding English, an interpreter was sworn.]

WILLIAM PRIESTMAN sworn.

I live in Princes-street, St. James's : on the 2 d of November, in the evening, the prisoner came into my shop and asked to look at some rings; I shewed him several; this among the rest; he put it on his finger, and run out with it; I catched him in the next street; he delivered me the ring from his finger.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am not guilty; I know nothing of it.

FOR THE PRISONER.

WILLIAM LESSLEY sworn.

I heard the cry of stop thief, and took the prisoner; when I took him he sincerely confessed his error, and was very sorry.

Did he speak English then? - I don't recollect.

Do you understand French? - Very little; he spoke very broken English: I wish to recommend him to mercy.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice ASHHURST.