Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 October 2021), February 1833, trial of THOMAS SMITH (t18330214-70).

THOMAS SMITH, Theft > simple larceny, 14th February 1833.

494. THOMAS SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of November , 2 pairs of trousers, value 7s. 9d., the goods of Samuel Dias ; and that he had been before convicted of felony .

FRANCES FLOOD . I lived with Mr. Samuel Dias, a clothes salesman , in Brick-lane . On an afternoon in November last, I saw the prisoner steal two pairs of trousers from the shop; I saw him pass about three weeks after, and pointed him out - I had not known him before, but I had a sufficient opportunity of seeing him to be certain of him - there were two men together, but the prisoner took them.

LEWIS HARRIS . I am shopman to Mr. Bradley, a pawnbroker. I have a pair of trousers, which were offered in pawn by a man who was convicted in November - I never saw the prisoner.

Prisoner. On the Tuesday before I was taken, Mr. Dias and the officer came to my house; the officer and Mr. Dias asked Flood if I was the person - she denied it, and on the Friday they came and took me.

ROBERT DAVIS (Police-constable H 35). I saw the prisoner in the presence of Flood; she denied him, but Mrs. Dias had threatened her if she identified him, as I was informed.

FRANCES FLOOD re-examined. Q. Did you say he was not the man? A. Yes, my mistress was in a bad state of health, and she told me not to recognize the prisoner to my master, but he is the man.

NOT GUILTY .