HENRY BAKER.
15th January 1829
Reference Numbert18290115-103
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceMiscellaneous > fine

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First London Jury - Before Mr. Recorder.

368. HENRY BAKER was indicted for stealing, on the 22d of December , 15 lbs. of brawn, value 20s. , the goods of Michael Myers , his master.

MICHAEL MYERS. I live in St. Peter's-alley, Cornhill , and am a fishmonger ; the prisoner entered my service on the 22d of December, and that evening we had a quantity of brawn come in - we only cut one collar, and there was half of it remaining; at half-past nine o'clock in the evening I saw five collars and a half safe, and in the morning, about half-past four o'clock, the half was gone; I have twelve shopmen - when they came in the morning, I mentioned to them that I had lost half a collar of brawn, which I had seen safe at half-past nine o'clock, and said if I caught any one robbing me I would prosecute them; about ten o'clock that morning an officer came and produced the half collar of brawn - I knew it to be mine; the prisoner was in custody.

SAMUEL DAVIS. I am an officer. About twenty minutes to eleven o'clock at night I was walking along the Poultry, and saw the prisoner with something under his left arm, and looking about him very suspiciously; I went by him, and saw he had this brawn wrapped up in a flannel apron - I saw a knife in his right-hand, as if he were cutting it open, and when he came under the light I saw him cut a piece off, and put it into his mouth; I then asked what he had got there - he made no answer, but turned round; I took it from him, and asked where he came from - he said he was going to take it to a customer, at Kentish-town, and had got it from his master's, in Leadenhall-market - he named a person who I never heard of; I said it was odd he should be cutting it - he made no answer; I took him to the watch-house, and found only 1d. on him - he then told me he had left home in the morning with 10s., and went to Billingsgate and bought this brawn there for 7s.; I locked him up, and next morning inquired of Mr. Myers, who claimed it.

The prisoner pleaded distress.

GUILTY . Aged 22.

Recommended to Mercy. - Fined 1s. and Discharged .


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