Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 07 October 2022), October 1810, trial of ROBERT HOGAN (t18101031-56).

ROBERT HOGAN, Theft > grand larceny, 31st October 1810.

828. ROBERT HOGAN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2nd of October last, twelve pound weight of copper, value 12 s. the property of James Shears , Daniel Towers Shears , and James Henry Shears .

MICHAEL NEALE . I am patrol of St. Sepulchre's. On the 2d of October last, a quarter before seven at night, I saw the prisoner in West-street, West Smithfield; I saw one of his hands close to him; I said, what have you got here; he said, copper, I have brought it from my masters, in Long-lane; I told him he did not get it by his master's leave; he then offered me the copper to let him go. I took him to the watch-house, he then said he found it laying outside of the gates of Mr. Shears's manufactory, Fleet-market. This is the piece of copper.

DANIEL TOWERS SHEARS . The names of my partners are James Shears , Daniel Towers Shears , myself, and James Henry Shears ; we are coppersmith s, Fleet-market , the prisoner was in our employment. I know the copper is ours, the value of it is twelve shillings.

Prisoner's Defence. I am innocent of the charge, I submit myself to the honourable court.

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

GUILTY , aged 21.

Whipped in Jail and discharged.

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.