16th September 1830
Reference Numbert18300916-327
VerdictNot Guilty

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1810. WILLIAM STUBBS was indicted for feloniously receiving, of a certain evil disposed person, on the 13th of September , 15 yards of fustian, value 13s., the goods of James Rogers , well knowing it to have been stolen .

JAMES PARTRIDGE . I am in the employ of Mr. James Rogers, a linen-draper , at Brentford . On the 13th of September he lost a piece of fustian, in the evening; I did not see it taken - the witness told me of it; I ran out, and saw the prisoner walking up the street - I went close up to him; he seemed to have something under his smockfrock; I went back to the witness, and said, "Is that the man?" he said Yes; I cried, Stop thief! he ran, and I pursued him - the Police-officer took him, and the fustian was picked up in the road; I did not see him drop it.

PATRICK SHEEHAN . I was passing the shop, and saw the prisoner and another man; the other took the fustian, and gave it to the prisoner - I went, and told of it at the shop; the prisoner hid it under his frock - he was pursued, and taken.

WILLIAM PEASGOOD . On Monday evening, the 13th of September, I was on duty, and heard Stop thief! called I turned, and saw the prisoner running - he ran into a corner, and I took him; there was a stage-coach going by at the time - he crossed the road; this fustian was picked up.

JAMES PARTRIDGE. This is the property.

Prisoner. Q. Did not you refuse to swear it was the property? A. I did at first till I was certain of it - I do not remember saying I could not swear to it; I might at first.

Prisoner. I was running after the man that was running - there was time enough to have got away if I had chosen; Sheehan was told he should be paid if I was convicted.

PATRICK SHEEHAN . No, I said I could not stop from my business, and the Policeman said, "You will be paid your hire;" he did not say any particular sum.

JURY. Q. What are you? A. A labourer; I wanted to return to my own country - the Magistrate said I should be paid my expences; I had only come to this country in July.

JOHN BOARDS. I am a pawnbroker. I came here on another trial - I have known Sheehan by sight for three or four years; he has come to my shop - I think not this year.

JURY. Q. Are you sure you are not mistaken? A. Yes - I thought directly I knew him; he has pawned things at our place.

COURT to JAMES PARTRIDGE. Q. Was it possible for Sheehan to have taken this, and thrown it down where it was picked up? A. I do not know where it was picked up - I saw nothing but a stick in his hand.

Prisoner to WILLIAM PEASGOOD. Q. Was it not possible for me to get away? A. If he had known the place he might - our serjeant did say I had done a good thing for myself; I have supported Sheehan ever since - he was bound over to appear, and there was no one else to support him.


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