Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 December 2023), July 1847, trial of JAMES JOHNSON (t18470705-1650).

JAMES JOHNSON, Theft > stealing from master, 5th July 1847.

1650. JAMES JOHNSON was indicted for stealing 1 half-crown, 16 shillings, 11 sixpences, 3 groats, the movies of Andrew Watts, his master.

ANDREW WATTS. I am hair-dresser, and live in Church-row, Stepney—I took the prisoner to assist me in business—on the 21st June I let him in at six o'clock in the morning and went to bed again—I sleep in the parlour—I did not hear him about the place he had taken down the shutters—I then missed my waistcoat from my bed side—I found it in the shop, and the money stated gone out of it—the prisoner was also gone—I went after him—I saw something pass from him to his girl—he said to me, "Come on, it is all right, I have got your money."

WILLIAM DAVIES (police-constable K 74.) I took the prisoner—I found on him 1l. 1s. 3d.—I heard him say to the prosecutor, "Is is all right; I have got it.

Prisoner's Defence. I did not take the money; his only suspicion was from my going away; he had used very brutal language to me the day before, which I did not like, and I went the next morning, took my things, and went away; he came and took me in charge; he took my coat, searched the pockets, and then threw the coat in my face; he saw the money taken from me, and that is the reason he can swear to it.

WILLIAM DAVIES re-examined. The prosecutor told me what he had lost before the prisoner was taken.

GUILTY. Aged 20.— Confined Three Months.