Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 01 December 2021), July 1786, trial of THOMAS EVANS (t17860719-66).

THOMAS EVANS, Theft > grand larceny, Theft > theft from a specified place, 19th July 1786.

627. THOMAS EVANS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 1st day of May last, one woman's hat, value 5 s. the property of John Kemp .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. ROSE.

628. The said THOMAS EVANS was again indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 1st day of May one pair of linen sheets, value 5 s. the property of John Kemp , being in a certain lodging room let by him to the said Thomas , against the statute.

MARY KEMP sworn.

I know the prisoner; he came as a lodger to my house; my husband and me were both at home; he took the lodging on the 20th and set off the 21st; when he went away, I saw his back bulge out; I was sitting up stairs in bed; I told my husband to pursue him but he did not; he was to pay me eighteen pence a week; I put on my shoes and run into the street after him; he was taken for the same offence by another woman; I never saw my sheets again.

You do not know they were sheets in his pocket? - I missed a pair of sheets and a hat; I never saw them again.

Prisoner. Pray did I take the lodging of you? - Yes.

How came you to say before the Justice, that you did not let the lodgings, you said, you was not at home, you was at work? - I never said so; he came of a Friday, I was out, he came again on Saturday; I was out and my husband, about a quarter after ten, he said, he was the person that agreed for the lodgings, he sat down in the kitchen for some time till I made the bed, then he went up and my husband carried up the candle with him; I pursued him immediately in the morning, and my husband run up stairs, and called out, oh, my God, the sheets are gone.

JOHN KEMP sworn.

I was present when the prisoner came in Saturday night; he sat down by the side of me; he said, he would give me eighteen pence a week for the lodgings, to pay weekly, but he would have a bed to himself; after my wife had made the bed I went up with a candle, and in the morning between five and six I heard him unbolting the door, and I jumped out of bed; he had the street door open; my wife sat up in the bed; I unlocked the door as she sat up in the bed, she saw something bulge, she called out; I ran up stairs and found the sheets were gone, I called out and she ran after him, but he was gone; I never found my sheets again; I missed the sheets and a hat.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

My Lord and Gentlemen of the Jury, the prosecutor stood as I came down stairs; I asked him what o'clock it was, he said, six or half past six, and I wished him a good morning; I should think if any body had robbed him, they would not have stopped to have asked questions; why did not the woman follow me, I went gently from the door, and I went to the public house over the way.

Mrs. Kemp. I saw nothing of him; I run immediately; I never saw him till I saw him at the Justice's.

The prisoner called three witnesses who gave him a good character.

GUILTY .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. ROSE.