11th May 1835
Reference Numbert18350511-1161
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1161. GEORGE GWILLIM and JOHN ROWLEY were indicted for stealing, on the 15th of April, 1 cask, value 15s., the goods of Zachary Langton and others.

MR. DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

BENJAMIN CROSS . I am a porter in the employ of Messrs. Pickford, at the City basin. On the 15th of April, the prisoner Gwilliam brought eighteen casks in the morning; and in the evening he came again with Rowley, and brought ten more—I know Gwillim was in the employ of Mr. Holt, who is agent to Messrs. Bass and Ratcliff, ale brewers, at Burton—on-Trent, and I knew Rowley had been in Mr. Holt's employ—the whole twenty-eight casks were the property of Messrs. Bass and Ratcliff—they were to be shipped to go back to Burton—on-Trent—I placed the ten casks which they brought in the evening, by the side of the eighteen, but kept them separate, though Gwillim wished me to mix them—after the casks were out of the cart, the number was taken down, and I went with Gwillim to Mr. Kemp to get his book signed, and left Rowley with the cart—Mr. Kemp signed the book, with the number of the casks—when I came back, the two prisoners were in the cart, going away with it, and were standing before a cask, which was then in the cart—there had been no cask left in the cart, when the ten were delivered—I missed a cask from the yard, and went after them; and when they had got about a hundred yards, I stopped them, and asked what they were going to do with that cask—Gwilliam said, "God bless me, how came it here?"—I said, "One of you must have put it in, and if you do not roll it back again, it will be the worse for you"—I gave information to Mr. Tibbett, and Rowley was taken—he rolled the cask back, and Gwillim went off with the cart.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. You desired them to roll it back, and Rowley did so? A. Yes; Gwillim went home, and was taken afterwards—they stood before the cask in the cart—they stood with their faces next to me—the cask was next to the horses—it took Gwillim about three minutes to get his book signed—there were a good many men about the yard, but not where the prisoners were—I went with Gwillim to the booking-place, and I returned about two minutes after him.

MR. DOANE. Q. Could they have driven off without seeing the cask in the cart? A. No.

WILLIAM KEMP . I booked the entry of the casks—one of them was No. 3670—I saw Rowley bring back that cask afterwards.

WILLIAM TIBBETT . I am managing clerk to Messrs. Pickford. One of the partners is Mr. Zachary Langton—he has other partners.

JOSEPH FRY (police-constable C 44.) I took Rowley at the yard—I then went to Gwillim's house, and took him.


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