Proceedings of the Old Bailey

JOHN COOLEY, theft : simple grand larceny, 16th February, 1774.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t17740216-6

Trial Summary:
* Crime(s): theft : simple grand larceny,
* Punishment Type: whipping,
* Verdict: Part Guilty: theft under 1s,
* Other trials on 16 Feb 1774
* Name search for: JOHN COOLEY,
* Crime Location: Little Turnstile , Holborn

Original Text:

188. (M.) JOHN COOLEY was indicted for stealing a wooden shew glass, value 2 s. four brass cocks, value 4 s. and seven wooden scale boxes, value 4 s. the property of William Brind , Jan. 24. +

Joseph Turner . I saw the prisoner take the shew glass from Mr. Brind's shop in Little Turnstile , Holborn; there were seven wooden boxes and four brass cocks in it; he had it under his arm; I stood at the corner; he was coming towards me; I collared him, and said, you rascal, what are you going to do with that? he threw the box down and ran away; I cried stop thief; he was stopped; I took the box to the shop, and him to the Ship alehouse , and went for a constable, and he was taken before the Justice and committed. (The shew glass and its contents produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Prisoner's Defence.

As I was coming from Chancery-lane, some boys hollowed out; I was running along; they laid hold of me; I was going to see for a job. I know no more about it than the child unborn. I had not the box in my hand, nor never saw it till they took me before the Justice.

He called his mother, who gave him a good character.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d. W .