Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 September 2022), September 1785, trial of WILLIAM HAYWARD (t17850914-25).

WILLIAM HAYWARD, Theft > shoplifting, 14th September 1785.

749. WILLIAM HAYWARD was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 26th day of July last, twenty-five yards of Irish linen, value 27 s. and nine silk handkerchiefs, value 4 s. the property of Ann Ravenhill , privily in her shop .

JOHN MOUL sworn.

I live with Ann Ravenhill at Norton-Falgate , she keeps a linen-draper's shop ; on Tuesday the 26th of July, she lost twenty-five yards of Irish, and nine silk handkerchiefs, the Irish was taken off the shelf behind the counter in her shop, they were in the window, I saw them there that morning, I missed them a little after one.

Why did you suspect the prisoner? - I was at dinner, and I saw somebody run hastily down the steps, I immediately jumped out of my chair, and ran out of the door, I could not see any body, I came back again, I took my hat, and somebody told me which way the prisoner went, I pursued and saw him, I came up with him in a very few minutes, he was stopped by Cole.

JOSEPH COLE sworn.

I stopped the prisoner, I believe it was him to the best of my knowledge, I stopped him in Petticoat-lane upon the cry of stop that lad, I saw him drop the piece of Irish, I held him by the collar while I picked it up, it is here.

- ARMSTRONG sworn.

I received the care of this Irish from Mr. Cole and the prosecutor, and the charge of the prisoner.

(The Irish deposed to by the private mark.)

Moul. I do not know who marked it.

Did you find a cavity after he went out of the shop? - Yes.

Was it that piece that was wanting? - Yes.

What is the value of it? - It cost thirteen pence a yard, and there are twenty-five yards.

Cole. I saw him drop some handkerchiefs, but I do not know how many at the same time.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I had been in the city, and a gentleman asked me to carry that piece of Irish, and told me he would give me six-pence, he bid me run all the way, and the gentleman laid hold of me.

GUILTY , Death .

He was humbly recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor and Jury.

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .