Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 13 November 2018), September 1798, trial of SAMUEL JACOBS (t17980912-4).

SAMUEL JACOBS, Theft > shoplifting, 12th September 1798.

470. SAMUEL JACOBS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 12th of July , forty-seven yards of ribbon, value 23s. 6d. the property of John Cotterell , privately in his shop .

HANNAH COTTERELL sworn. - I am the wife of John Cotterell , No. 82, Whitechapel : On the 12th of July, the prisoner came in to buy a yard and a half of ribbon, I shewed him a box of ribbon, I asked him eight-pence a yard; he said if I would take less he would be a very good customer; after I had cut it, he said he would not give more than five-pence, then he asked me for some more; he then wanted a black box; I shewed him a black box; then he wanted the other box back again, and he offered me five-pence again; I told him he was very troublesome, and then he went away; I suspected he had been robbing me, and I went after him up Angel-alley, I told him he had been robbing me; he said he had not, and I put my hand in his pocket, and took out four pieces of ribbon of mine.

For the Prisoner.

JOHN NOLAN sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knowlys.

Q. Was the prisoner in his sober senses at the time? - A. I think not; he behaved very indecent in the shop when I apprehended him.

Dr. LEWIS LEO sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knowlys. The prisoner has been afflicted with lunacy several times, he has been in a state of confinement.

JOHN COLLIER sworn. - I live at Hoxton: I have known the prisoner five years, I always looked upon him as insane.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice ROOKE.