JOHN READ.
1st July 1801
Reference Numbert18010701-70
VerdictNot Guilty

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601. JOHN READ was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2d of June , five glass quart bottles filled with ale, value 5s. the property of Walter Miller .

THOMAS IVERS sworn. - I am a sea-faring man ; I live in Church-lane, St. George's in the East: On the 2d of June, about six o'clock in the morning, I saw a drunken man, in a soldier's dress, cross the road with some bottles, I never saw his face; he went up George-yard, Great Towerhill, that is all that I know; he was very much in liquor.

THOMAS GRIFFITHS sworn. - In consequence of information I received on Tuesday, the 2d of June, I went to a house in St. Catherine's-street, to the lodging of a soldier of the name of Robert Goose , where I found five bottles of ale; I apprehended Goose on duty in St. James's Park; I told him a gentleman's cellar had been broke open upon Tower-hill, and I had found part of the property in his room; he said he would shew me the man that brought them there; he pointed out the prisoner; Goose seemed very much slurried, and the prisoner told him in the coach to make himself quite easy, for he knew nothing about it, he should take it all upon himself. (Produces the property).

ROBERT GOOSE sworn. - A little before six in the morning I was going upon duty, and met the prisoner with five bottles of ale; he said he had found them, and begged I would let him leave them in my place, and I gave him leave.

WALTER MILLER sworn. - I keep cellars for beer; we missed two or three dozen bottles of ale; I know these five bottles to be my property, they have my mark upon them.

Prisoner's defence. I was going upon duty, and found these bottles upon Tower-hill.

Q.(To Goose). Did he appear to be sober when you met him? - A. I did not see that he was in liquor.

The prisoner called his serjeant, who had known him seven years, and gave him a good character.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.


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