Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 27 September 2022), September 1837, trial of EDWARD LYNCH (t18370918-2096).

EDWARD LYNCH, Theft > simple larceny, 18th September 1837.

2096. EDWARD LYNCH was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of August, 1 pair: of shoes, value 6s. 6d., the goods of Charles Edwin Kendall.

STEPHEN WOODSTOCK . I am shopman to Mr. Charles Edward Kendall, a bootmaker on Saffron-hill. On Saturday afternoon, the 26th of August, the prisoner came to the shop and asked me for work—I said I had none for him, and while I was stooping down, I observed him take a pair of shoes, put them under his apron, and run off with them—I ran after him and caught him with them—he begged my pardon, and said, "Pray, for God's sake let me go; I am done for ever if you detain me"—I took him to my master's, who ordered him into custody.

Prisoner. I was distressed, and came into the shop for work—I lifted up a pair to look at the work, and I took them as far as the threshold of the door. Witness. He went nearly 100 yards with them under his apron—he took them out of the window.

Prisoner. Q. Did not you say to me," Are you going away with the shoes?"and I turn round and said, "No, I am not?" A. No, you did not, nor did I say so to you.

JOHN DAVIES WHITE (police-constable G 46.) I apprehended the Prisoner, and produce the shoes which I received from the prosecutor. (Property produced and sworn to.)

(The Prisoner put in a written Defence, stating that he went to the Prosecutor's shop for work, and the shoes were shown to him as a pattern; that the shop being dark, he took them outside the door to look at, but was not out of the shop, and did not intend to carry them away.)

STEPHEN WOODSTOCK re-examined. When I came up to him, he had them concealed under his apron—they were tied together.

GUILTY . Aged 52.— Confined Three Months.