Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 30 September 2022), April 1810, trial of THOMAS SHIPPEN (t18100411-110).

THOMAS SHIPPEN, Theft > grand larceny, 11th April 1810.

370. THOMAS SHIPPEN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2d of March , sixteen lb. wt. of pork, value 12 s. the property of Alexander Pitts .

ALEXANDER PITTS . I keep a pork-shop in South-street, Manchester-square ; on Friday the 2d of March, from information, I pursued the prisoner, and when I got near him, he throwed the meat down on the stones. I caught him, and brought him back; I then took up the meat; he was taken to Marlborough-street. I am sure it was my spring of pork; it weighed 16 lb. I asked the prisoner how he could think of taking the meat; he said he did not want it, he had two fat pigs of his own in the sty.

JAMES ATTENBURY. On the 2d of March, I met the prisoner in South-street. He was carrying the pork before him. I gave Mr. Pitts information; Mr. Pitts pursued him; I saw Mr. Pitts take him first, and then he took up the pork that he had dropped.

HENRY HOWARD. I took the man in custody, he was rather in liquor.

Prisoner's Defence. I was very much in liquor, and do not remember any thing about it.

GUILTY , aged 26.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and Publicly Whipped One Hundred Yards at the top of Winchester-row, Paddington .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.