BENJAMIN SMITH, Theft > simple larceny, 5th January 1832.

Reference Number: t18320105-57
Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

Fifth Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

350. BENJAMIN SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of December , 2 coats, value 2l., and 2 waistcoats, value 10s. , the goods of George Brocksopp .

MR. CLARKSON conducted the prosecution.

JAMES PRICE . I am coachman to Mr. George Brocksopp - he has a stable in Red Lion-yard, Borough . I was at the stable at ten minutes to eleven o'clock at night on the 29th of December; I locked it, and left the coats and waistcoats safe in it - I went there the next morning at seven o'clock; I found the door closed too, but the hasp had been pulled over the lock; I went in, and missed two coats, two waistcoats, a knife, and a purse.

SAMUEL LARKIN . I am a Police-constable. On the

morning of the 30th of December I was on duty in Charles-street, Covent-garden; I saw the prisoner with this livery coat on his arm, offering it for sale to the hackney-coachmen; I asked how he got it - he said he had it of Lord Belgrave's coachman six months before - I saw it was nearly new; I took him to the station - I found in his hat these two waistcoats; I also found a knife, a horsepick, and two or three little things in the waistcoat-pockets, and this latch-key was in his pocket; I have tried it to the outer gate of the stable-yard, and it opened it.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 33. - Transported for Seven Years .


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