Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 01 December 2021), June 1789, trial of JOHN BARNES THOMAS WALTON (t17890603-22).

JOHN BARNES, THOMAS WALTON, Theft > grand larceny, 3rd June 1789.

427. JOHN BARNES and THOMAS WALTON were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 8th of May , several articles of wearing apparel , the propertyof the trustees of the parish of St. Mary Whitechapel .

A second, third, and fourth counts, for stealing the same articles, laid to be the property of different persons.

(The case opened by Mr. Silvester.)

JAMES COFFEE sworn.

I am a watchman in Whitechapel parish, in Wentworth-street; on the night of the 8th of May I was going along, the prisoners followed, they crossed the street, and by the light of my lanthorn, I observed Barnes had something in his breast very bulky, I crossed and asked them what it was; and they said what was it to me; I sprung my rattle, and James Dawson came, and we stopped them, and took them to the watch-house.

JAMES DAWSON sworn.

I went to the assistance of Coffee, and when I came up, I saw something laying on a block by the prisoners, and I asked if that belonged to the prisoners; and Coffee said it did; I asked the prisoners if it did; and Barnes said it was nothing to me; I said you have got some in your breeches; and he pulled his shirt out and dropped something, and I took it up, and took it to the watch-house, and when we were at the watch-house I found several other things round their bodies, between their shirts and their skins.

MARGARET MOSES sworn.

I was in the work-house, I was washerwoman at the time; these things were in the wash-house, I left them on the Friday evening the 8th of May, at half past eight; I am sure they are the same things.

SARAH HALL sworn.

I am sure these are the things I left in the wash-house at eleven on the Friday night, I bolted the door, and left the window open.

ANN DALTON sworn.

I came in the morning, and the wash-house door was open; these things are the property that was in the wash-house.

PRISONER BARNES's DEFENCE.

We had been to Blackwall on that afternoon, it was late, and coming along the corner of Great Garden-street, we picked up this bundle.

PRISONER WALTON

Made the same defence.

JOHN BARNES , THOMAS WALTON ,

GUILTY .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. ROSE.