11th April 1833
Reference Numbert18330411-71
VerdictNot Guilty

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742. WILLIAM SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of February , 1 bridle, value 2s.; 1 pair of hames, value 2s., and 1 pair of traces, value 2s. , the goods of William Faulkener .

JOHN WEST (Police-serjeant G 2). On the night of the 28th of February I was in Goswell-street, and stopped the prisoner with a portion of harness - he said it was his own.

WILLIAM FAULKENER. I live on Lambeth-hill, Upper Thames-street. This bridle, hames, and traces are mine; I lost them on the 28th of February from my stable, in Red Lion-yard, Red Lion-street, Clerkenwell - the lock of the stable had been forced.

JOHN CHILD . I am servant to the prosecutor. I left the stable safe, and locked, and four o'clock - I know this bridle.

Prisoner's Defence. I met a young man in Goswell-street; he gave me these articles, and told me to go and sell them - he told me where to go, but said he did not like to go there himself, as he had borrowed a bridle there; they offered me 4s. 6d., which he would not take - I brought it out, and he told me to carry it, which I did.

WILLIAM FAULKENER. I do not think the prisoner knew my premises, but there was another man who did.


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