Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 May 2021), January 1802, trial of JAMES WESTBROOK NATHANIEL INCH (t18020113-57).

JAMES WESTBROOK, NATHANIEL INCH, Theft > grand larceny, 13th January 1802.

136. JAMES WESTBROOK and NATHANIEL INCH , were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th of December , a Cheshire-cheese, value 8s. the property of Hugh Jones .

HUGH JONES sworn. - I keep a cheese and butcher warehouse , in Cow-lane ; I was robbed on the 29th of December, but was not present.

CHARLES EVERINGHAM sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Jones; on the 29th of December, I saw a boy take a cheese out of the shop; I run after him, and took the cheese from Westbrook; but he cannot say he took it; he pointed out luch, and said, he bid him do it, Inch run away, but I took him; another young man was watching on the other side of the way, as we had been robbed before; they were then sent to the Compten.

WILLIAM JONES sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Jones; on the 29th of December, between four and five o'clock, I was standing outside the door, and saw the prisoner, Inch, with another boy, taller than him; there were four in all; Inch stood by the window, and westbrook went into the shop and brought a cheese out, I saw him put it in his apron; I followed him, and he said, that man told him; I took the cheese from him, and took him into the shop; Everingham followed Inch, and brought him back in about five minutes; as I was taking him into the warehouse, tow men told me. to lose the boy, but I would not; I marked the cheese. (The cheese produced.)

DANIEL GRAHAM sworn. - I am constable, and took the prisoner into custody.

Weshbrook's defence. I was going of an errand, and a man said, if you will warry this cheese, I will give you two-pence, I did, and they took hold of me; I shewed them the man that gave it me, but they took this boy instead of him; I know nothing of this boy.

Inch's defence. I was going to St. Bartholomew's-hospital, to see my sister; I saw some people, but would not stop for fear of being too late; I was running, and some people run after me, and took me; they told they boy, if he would tell the truth, they would let him go, and he said, a man gave it to him to carry.

Q. (To Jones.) Did Westbrook point to Inch, Westbrook, GUILTY , aged 12.

Confined six months in Newgate , and publicly whipped .


London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.