16th April 1806
Reference Numbert18060416-8
VerdictNot Guilty

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219. JOHN GARDNER was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 8th of April , ten linen bales, value 20 s. and eleven bags, value 4 s. the property of John Beck and James Allan .

The case was stated by Mr. Knapp.

WILLIAM SHANKLIE sworn. Examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. You are warehouseman to Messrs. Beck and Allan. - A. Yes; John Beck and James Allan are seedsmen , living in the Strand, their warehouse is in the Adelphi ; the prisoner was their weekly porter .

Q. Had he applied to you in the course of the afternoon for leave to go out. - A. Yes, on the evening of Tuesday the 8th of April, I gave him leave to go, he had been sent for to speak to somebody, I told him to return as soon as possible, as he would be wanted, he went away and never returned, we saw no more of him till we saw him before the magistrate, he was taken that same night.

PETER MASON sworn. Examined by Mr. Knapp. I am an officer of Worship-street; on the 8th of April, about half an hour after two, I went to the prisoner's lodgings, Horshoe-alley, at the back of Finsbury-square; I saw his wife, the prisoner was not at home; I searched the room and found a parcel of bags and bales, under the bedstead; I searched the cupboard and found some bags and split peas, some whole peas, some canary seeds and some rape and hemp seed.

Cross-examined by Mr. Watson.

Q. You went to this house and found a woman there that inhabited this one room, and found some things under the bedstead; of your own knowledge you do not know that it was his, room. - A. No.

Mr. Knapp. Was it a house kept by a person of the name of William Miller . - A. Yes.

WILLIAM MILLER sworn. Examined by Mr.

Knapp. I live in Horshoe-alley, the prisoner has lodged in my house ever since a week after Christmass.

JOHN ARMSTRONG sworn. Examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. You are one of the police officers of Worship-street. - A. Yes, I apprehended the prisoner on Tuesday the 8th of April, about a quarter before ten at night; I went in company with Mr. Miller, Vickery, and Kennedy, into Broad-arrow court, Grub-street, up one pair of stairs, at one Sadler's, a baker, there I apprehended the prisoner, I told him I apprehended him for some bags found in his room: he said he knew nothing about them.

(The bags produced and indentified by Shanklie.)

The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.


First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson.

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