15th August 1836
Reference Numbert18360815-1809
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1809. FREDERICK WOODCRAFT was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of July, 1 shilling, the money of George Tickell, his master.

GEORGE TICKELL . I am a cheesemonger, and live in Bread-street, Golden-square. The prisoner was in my service—I had suspicion, and put some marked money in my till at eight o'clock at night, on the 18th of July—I examined it at ten o'clock, and one shilling was missing—I sent for a constable, and searched the prisoner's box, and the shilling was found in it—it is one I marked.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Where was the box? A. In his bed-room—no one else slept there—I marked the money at tea time, on Monday—I searched the box on Wednesday night—I left the till open—my wife, myself and the prisoner, were the only persons in the shop—either my wife or myself are always at home—the prisoner gave the police-man the key to open his box—I counted the money that was in the till on Tuesday, and put 8s. in then—I am almost sure it was 8s—I put 10s. marked money in on Monday—there were only four sixpences not marked—that I swear—on Tuesday there was eight shillings marked—I do not know how much more—we carry on a pretty fair trade—I am sure there was some gone.

WILLIAM METCALFE (police-constable C 133.) I was present when this shilling was found in the prisoner's box—he gave up the key to me.

MR. PHILLIPS to GEORGE TICKELL. Q. Was there not 4s. or 5s. found on the prisoner's person? A. We found 2s. 6d., and 3d. in halfpence, on his person, but none marked—in his box were two sixpences, and this one shilling, and another shilling—I put 10s. marked money into the till, on Wednesday—I then went out to give him a opportunity to take some out, and left the till open—I do not know how much unmarked money there was on Wednesday—there was a good deal of silver in sixpences and shillings—I could not swear about half-crowns—a crown or half-crown may have been put in, and some shillings taken out—while I was out he changed a sovereign, but there was none of the marked money left.

COURT. Q. Supposing that any body had come in, and given him a

crown or half a crown, might be not have changed it with his own money? A. Not in my shop—he was never allowed—I never told him so, but he knew he was not allowed to do it.


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