Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 04 October 2023), October 1812, trial of JAMES BROWN (t18121028-57).

JAMES BROWN, Theft > grand larceny, 28th October 1812.

898. JAMES BROWN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 19th of October , 4 silver table-spoons, value 2 l. and a silver tea-spoon, value 2 s. the property of Hypoliti Joseph Da Costa .

JAMES IRWIN . I am servant to Mr. Da Costa; he is the editor of the Courier . He lives at No. 1, New Inn, in the parish of St. Clement's . The prisoner came several times under pretence of seeing my master; and the spoons were taken at different times.

THOMAS MARTIN . I produce a spoon pledged at my shop. I cannot say whether the prisoner is the man that pawned it or no.

MR. OAKLEY. I bought three spoons of the prisoner, at three different times.

WILLIAM HOMAN . I apprehended the prisoner, he confessed to me that he had stolen the spoons; he said he had pawned one. He went with me to Mr. Oakley's, where he had sold the other three.

Prisoner's Defence. I confess that I took them.

GUILTY , aged 29.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.