11th May 1835
Reference Numbert18350511-1151
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment

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1151. WILLIAM BROWN, JOSEPH NIXON and CHARLES DUNCOMBE were indicted for stealing, on the 20th of April, 50lbs. of lead, value 9s., the goods of John Negus, and fixed to a building, against the Statute.

JOHN NEGUS . I have a house in Bishopsgate-street, but I do not live there—it is under repair—I examined it in consequence of information, and found one of the boards of the hoarding had been removed, sufficiently to admit a person in—a large portion of lead was taken away which had been fixed on the roof—I have examined this lead, and fitted it—it exactly corresponds—I can confidently swear to it.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. When had you seen it safe? A. At six o'clock in the evening, on the 20th of April, fixed and firm; it was missing at eight o'clock the same evening, when the prisoners were taken.

ABRAHAM STANNARD . I live in Sweet Apple-court. On the 20th of April, I came up the court, and on looking up to the prosecutor's house, I saw two persons climbing up the tiles of the roof—I gave Mr. Castle information—he went and got two officers—I placed myself against the door, and when the officer came down, I went out of Mr. Castle's window, and came down the house to the first floor—I found the prisoners, Nixon and Duncombe, behind the door, it was then very near eight o'clock—Charles Duncombe pointed forward to another room, and Brown was found in there—I went out on the roof and found the lead of two roofs had been taken away, and was in the prosecutor's passage ready to be carried away.

Cross-examined. Q. You only saw two persons on the roof? A. No; I think they were Brown and Nixon.

WILLIAM BOSTON . I am an officer. I went with Stannard—I found this lead in the passage just by the street door—I saw Duncombe point to the other room—I went in there and found Brown.

(Nixon and Duncombe received a good character.)

BROWN— GUILTY . † Aged 19.— Confined Three Months.

NIXON— GUILTY .—Aged 19.


Confined One Month.

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