Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 October 2022), September 1823, trial of SAMUEL ANSON (t18230910-6).

SAMUEL ANSON, Theft > grand larceny, 10th September 1823.

997. SAMUEL ANSON was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of August , a table, 4 s., and three deal boards, value 1 l. , the goods of George Heath and William Heath .

GEORGE HEATH . I am a carpenter , and in partnership with William Heath ; we live in Bishopsgate-street . On the 24th of August, about half-past four o'clock in the morning, I was awoke by a ring at the bell. I looked out of window, and saw a man, who said my property was being taken from my yard. I went down to the yard, in Angel-alley, where I saw three deals against the wall, about twenty yards from my yard; and further down the alley I found the table; my yard is walled round; they were there over night.

JOHN ANSON . I am a labourer, and live about two hundredyards from the prosecutors'. I am no relation of the prisoner, but have known him about three weeks. On the morning of the 24th of August, I was awoke by the noise of some dogs; I got up, saw two men on Mr. Heath's wall, and two deals against the wall. The prisoner was lowering down a table from the wall. The watchman was calling four o'clock, and they ran into a house opposite to my window. I saw them take something out of the drawer of the table. This was in Angel-alley. While I was dressing myself the prisoner took a bundle under his arm, and the other took the table. I went down to find the watchman, but could not. I called up Mr. Heath, and took him to the place; they had left the deals and taken the table, which was found up the court where the prisoner lived, and about one hundred yards from the deals. I described the prisoner, and he was taken that afternoon, and am certain of him - I had seen him in company with the other man before.

Prisoner. Q. Did you not shew me 3 s., saying Mr. Heath gave it you, and you would stick to it that it was me - A. Heath gave me 3 s. for my trouble. I went up stairs directly, and did not see the prisoner again till he was apprehended.

SARAH BURNETT . I am a weaver, and live in Angel-alley, Bishopsgate. On the morning of the 24th of August, about half-past three o'clock, I was called up by Anson, and saw the table, which had just been lowered, and two men on the wall. I knew the prisoner before, by seeing him in the neighbourhood - I saw him put a deal over the wall next to the prosecutors' wall; Anson called me to look at him.

SAMUEL SHEPPARD . I am an officer. I apprehended the prisoner in Angel-alley; he denied the charge.

GEORGE HEATH . The deals are now in my yard; I know them by a chalk mark which I made for the sawyer. I know the table by its appearance; the table-drawer was stolen.

Prisoner's Defence. I was in bed at half-past twelve o'clock, and the watchman could prove an alibi. Anson lives entirely by that woman's prostitution.