Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 01 December 2021), October 1833, trial of GEORGE SMITH (t18331017-113).

GEORGE SMITH, Theft > simple larceny, 17th October 1833.

1519. GEORGE SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of October , 1 pair of shoes, value 6s. , the goods of Timothy Allen .

ELIZA ALLEN . I am the wife of Timothy Allen ; I have work in the shoe line from a gentleman in Gracechurch-street; the prisoner had been my errand-boy for about a fortnight - on the 5th of October, I took him to my master, and three dozen and two pair of shoes were counted out to me; I counted them and placed them in a basket for the prisoner to carry on his head; he took them home, and they were deposited in my back-parlour - on the Monday following, I missed one pair; the prisoner did not come to me that morning, they sent word he was ill - I went after him and found him on the Tuesday; I asked why he did not come on the Monday; he said, he thought he had heard of another place; I asked him to come and carry my work home - he came, and I then accused him of having taken a pair; he denied it.

WILLIAM PAWLEY . I am in the service of Mr. Aubrey, a pawnbroker; I have a pair of shoes, pawned on the 5th of October, I believe by the prisoner.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 16 - Whipped and Discharged.