16th July 1829
Reference Numbert18290716-36
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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1408. WILLIAM STONE and JOSEPH HANSON were indicted for stealing, on the 17th of June , 4 garden-pots, value 8d., and 4 flower-roots, value 4s. , the goods of William Cowell .

JOSEPH LAPRIDGE . I am a patrol. I met the prisoners in Hackney-marsh, about four o'clock in the morning, on the 17th of June, in the path leading from Temple-mills to Hackney-wick; Stone had a basket, with eight geraniums and one balsam in it, and Hanson had two under his arm - I waited for them on the river bridge, and asked what they had, and where they brought them from; they said from Layton - they had bought them of a man who sold them, but they did not know his name - he was a stout man; Campbell was with me: we took them - I found Mr. Cowell two or three days afterwards; he lives two miles and a half or three miles from where I stopped them.

JOHN CAMPBELL . I am a patrol. I was with Lapridge - what he has stated is correct.

HENRY HARRINGTON . I am a night constable of Hackney. The prisoners were delivered to me, and I have had the plants ever since.

WILLIAM COWELL . I am gardener to Mr. Cotton, a gentleman, who lives at Layton . These plants are my own- they were taken from my own house; they were in a little arbour by my door, twelve or fourteen yards within my garden, by the road side; they were all in pots - I can swear to this one geranium: I am not so certain of the balsam, but I missed one - these other seven I cannot swear to; I went to bed at eight o'clock at night, got up at four o'clock in the morning, and then missed them.

The prisoners put in a written Defence, stating that they had bought the roots of a fishmonger at Low-Layton, on the 15th of June, for 7s. 6d., and had fetched them away on the 17th, when they were stopped.

STONE - GUILTY . Aged 19.

HANSON - GUILTY . Aged 23.

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