Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 10 May 2021), October 1836, trial of WILLIAM GARRETT (t18361024-3464).

WILLIAM GARRETT, Theft > animal theft, 24th October 1836.

3464. WILLIAM GARRETT was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of September, 1 ass, price, 15s., the property of Thomas Paine.

THOMAS PAINE . I live at Peckham Rye. The prisoner lived there, but his house had been pulled down—I turned out seven asses in the lane, on the 27th of September—he took one away and sold it to John Lambert—there were six of mine, and some others—I missed one of my six

the next morning—I had seen it safe between five and six o'clock in the evening—I found it at Smithfield-marker—James Lambert had it—I am sure it was the ass I lost that night.

JAMES LAMBERT . I sell things in the street. On Tuesday night the 27th of September, about six o'clock, the prisoner came to my own place in Kent-street, in the Borough—and asked if I would buy the ass of him—that is in the way to London from Peckham Rye—I told him I did not know who he was, he said, "I know your son well"—I called my son down, he said, "Yes, I know him, he lives in Packham-lane—he asked me 8s., for it, I gave him 6s.—it did not suit me—I took is to Smithfield the Friday following, and Paine came and took it to the watch-house—I said I would give it up, but I should like the lad to be brought who I bought it of—it was kept for three weeks before he was taken.

JAMES LAMBERT, JUN . I am the son of James Lambert. I was present when the prisoner sold the ass to my father—I know him.

SAMUEL WEIGHT (police-constable P 172). I took the prisoner at Mr. Owen's farm, at Brockley—he said he had stolen the donkey, and sold it to a man in Kent-street—I told him I came to take him for stealing a donkey—what he said induced me to go to the prosecutor and Lambert.

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months.