21st June 1815
Reference Numbert18150621-25
SentenceImprisonment; Miscellaneous > fine

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705. CHARLES COOPER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the night of the 3rd, or early in the morning of the 4th of June , fifteen fowls, value 30 s. and five ducks, value 10 s. the property of Abraham Wirall .

ABRAHAM WIRALL . I am a carpenter ; I live at Camden Town . I lost some fowls on the night of the 3rd, or the morning of the 4th of June; my servant locked them up in my hen-house on the night of the 3rd of June, her name is Sussannah Dyer. I am accustomed to wake at three in the morning, and at that time my cock used usually to crow; not hearing him at three, nor for a considerable time after, I rang the bell, and told the servant to go and see how the fowls were; she returned, and told me that only one of the fowls heads was left. I know no more.

EDWARD OODEN . I am a watchman. The prisoner at the bar passed me, about four o'clock in the morning, of the 4th, at the end of Oxford-street, and was making his way down Crown-street, when I stopped him; he had a bag on his shoulder, and I asked him what he had got there; he said, watercresses. I said, I was very fond of water-cresses, and I wished he would give me a few for my breakfast; he made no reply, but threw down the bag, and ran off. I sprung my rattle. I put my hand into the bag, and found the water-cresses quite warm; for they were ducks and fowls; I found there were fifteen fowls, one with its bead off, and five ducks. The prisoner was stopped by the next watchman. I delivered the fowls and ducks in at the watchhouse, and that is all I know about it.

WILLIAM SMITH . I am a watchman. I saw the last witness stop the prisoner at the bar, with a bag on his shoulder. The prisoner threw down the bag and run off; I pursued him, but did not take him. William Rice stopped him, and I assisted him to take him to the watchhouse.

WILLIAM RICE . I am a watchman. I apprehended the prisoner on my beat, on the morning of the 4th; he ran up a court where there was no thoroughfare, and as he was coming down, I took him.

Prisoner's Defence. I had been to work as far as Hendon, on Saturday, I am a plaisterer by trade. I spent my weeks wages on Saturday night at Hendon. I got very much intoxicated; I layed down about one o'clock in the morning in the fields, close to the Regent's Cannel-bridge, in the Hampstead-road; I slept a short time, but feeling it very wet, I got up about day-break, and perceived a foot-track along the dew in the field; I followed it up for a short distance, and it led me to this sack; upon lifting up which, these ducks and fowls layed all in a hole.

GUILTY , aged 23.

Confined two years , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Dallas.

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