Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 December 2023), April 1833, trial of FRANCIS JORDAN (t18330411-163).

FRANCIS JORDAN, Theft > simple larceny, 11th April 1833.

833. FRANCIS JORDAN was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of February , 1 writing-desk, value 13s. , the goods of Thomas Whitley .

WILLIAM LOCKE. I live at No. 15, Featherstone-street. On the evening of the 20th of February I saw the prisoner go into the prosecutor's shop, take the desk, put it on his head, and walk out - I asked the prosecutor's wife if she had sold it; she said, No - I then took the prisoner, and brought him back; he said, "What am I to do? I must live some how."

Prisoner. It is false to say I went into the shop; a man told me to carry it.

BENJAMIN ROBERTS (Police-constable G 223). I took the prisoner, and have the desk.

THOMAS WHITLEY. This is my desk; it was safe in my shop that day.

GUILTY . Aged 19. - Transported for Seven Years .