Court proceedings: JAMES GUMBLETON, theft: specified place, 15 Feb 1809


JAMES GUMBLETON, theft: specified place, 15 Feb 1809.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t18090215-51

JAMES GUMBLETON was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 4th of February, a silver watch, value 5 l. the property of Samuel Gibbs in his dwelling house.

SAMUEL GIBBS. I live in Crown yard, Swallow street, in the parish of St. James', Westminster, I am a coachman; I live in an apartment over a stable; the prisoner is a relation; he came there to see me on the 4th of February.

Q. Were you at home at the time - A. No, my wife was at home; I kept my watch hanging up over the fire place; I had seen it in the middle of the day, before I went out.

ESTHER GIBBS. I am the wife of the last witness.

Q. Were you at home on the 4th of February, when the prisoner came to your house - A. Yes, I let the prisoner in; he came to ask me if his aunt was there; he went into my sitting room; the watch was hanging up over the fire place.

Q. Did you go out of the room while he was in it - A. Yes, leaving him there; and soon after he was gone I missed the watch.

Mr. Knapp. This lad is a nephew of the prosecutor's - A. Yes.

Q. He came there for the purpose of seeing his aunt - A. Yes.

Q. You know of the watch being taken by him - A. Yes, he told me so; he took it by my consent.

NOT GUILTY.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Heath.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t18090215-51
15 Feb 1809



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