Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 19 October 2017), January 1829, trial of JOHN SHEPHERD (t18290115-127).

JOHN SHEPHERD, Theft > simple larceny, 15th January 1829.

392. JOHN SHEPHERD was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of December , 7 lbs. weight of lead pipe, value 1s.; 1 brass cock, value 10d., and 1 screw-plate, with taps, value 6s. , the goods of Thomas Rowe .

CHARLES EVANS . I am a watchman. I stopped the prisoner in Cromer-street, about a quarter before two o'clock, on Christmas morning, with these articles inside his coat; I asked what he was going to do with them - he said he was trying to sell them; I asked where he lived - he said, any where where he could get money.

THOMAS ROWE . I live in Suffolk-street, Westminster . My workshop was broken open; it is about half a mile from Cromer-street; the prisoner left my shop about three o'clock, on Christmas-eve, and swore he would have something of mine before it was long - I let him work in my shop, because he said he had some work to do; he had two children, and nobody would let him work - these articles had been in a secret place in my shop, and nobody but him knew where they were; the door had not been broken, but a part of the partition had.

The prisoner pleaded poverty.

GUILTY . Aged 28.

Recommended to Mercy. - Confined Six Weeks .