Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 December 2022), February 1786, trial of BENJAMIN BULL (t17860222-115).

BENJAMIN BULL, Theft > grand larceny, 22nd February 1786.

302. BENJAMIN BULL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 24th day of February , twelve pennyweights of silver cuttings and turnings, value 3 s. and thirteen pennyweights of silver folder, value 2 s. the property of Hester Bateman .

PETER BATEMAN sworn.

I live in Bunhill-row , I carry on business as a working goldsmith for my mother Hester Bateman . On Friday the 24th of February, being at dinner in my back parlour, in consequence of an information, I sent for an officer, and sent for the prisoner; said I, Mr. Bull, you have some of my mother's property; he denied it; I told him, it is in vain, we have proofs of it; he then acknowledged it, and he put his hands in his pocket, and produced a small bit of silver solder; he presented it to me: immediately I gave him in charge of the officer I said this is not all, do you search him; upon which the officer felt in his pocket, and another piece was produced; upon which I said, that is not all; says he, I assure you it is, Sir; says I, I am informed there were some turnings, he denied it, I desired the constable to search him again, and in his other pocket I found some turnings and cuttings loose together, upon this, he was committed: there were, I think, twelve penny-weight of silver, value 3 s. and thirteen pennyweight of solder, value 2 s.

ABEL BECK sworn.

I work with Mr. Bateman. Last Monday, the 14th of February, I went up into the shop, and got under the board after dinner; in about two or three minutes, the prisoner came up, and he came to the board as I sat down, for we had missed things very often before, and the prisoner came and cut a piece with the shears, this was the first piece he cut, this is the piece that was left; then he went into the shop, and went to my lathe where I work, and took some turnings, then he went to the box, and put these turnings and cuttings in his pocket; then he came back to the board again where he cut the first piece of solder, and then went down stairs; and I informed my master, and the things were found upon him.

CHARLES MOSELEY sworn.

I am the officer, I produce some silver; these are the things that were found in my presence.

Prisoner. I have nothing to say.

To Prosecutor. How long has this man lived with you? - Four months constantly; in our business we may be robbed every day of our lives, and lose three or four pounds in a day, and not miss it; we employ forty men. I had a very high opinion of that man, but since he has been taken up, I find there has been very bad connections; he lived with another man's wife, and that very man is brought into Newgate.

GUILTY .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.