JOHN HILL.
27th February 1837
Reference Numbert18370227-758
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceImprisonment

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758. JOHN HILL was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of February, 1£50 bank-note, the property of William Pyne, his master.

MR. CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM PYNE . I am a solicitor, and live at Ryde Cottage, Kilburn. The prisoner was my coachman for about twelve months—he lived with my brother before he lived with me, for about fifteen months, and on his going to India, I took him—on Saturday, the 11th of February, I desired him to pay a bill of 37l. 2s. 5d., to Mr. Hale, a corn-chandler—I gave him a £50 bank-note for that purpose, and 2s. 5d.—I directed him to pay the bill and return me 13l. and the receipt—Hale lives about a quarter of a mile from me—I believe the prisoner came back that night, but I did not see him—the next day, about one o'clock, I sent for him, but he was not there—I made inquiries, and then gave information.

ROBERT HALE . I am a butcher, and live at Kilburn, and am brother to Mr. Hale the corn-chandler. I know the prisoner perfectly well—on the evening of the 11th of February he came to my house for change for a £50 note—I gave him two £10 and six £5 notes—he told me he was going to my brother's to pay a bill.

DANIEL NORGAN (police-constable D 38.) On Sunday evening, the 12th of February, I received information against the prisoner, about half-past six o'clock—at ten o'clock I saw him get out of a cab, in Great James-street, St. Mrylebone, about three miles from Kilburn—he did not go to any house—he stopped opposite No. 57—I observed him speak to a female—I went and asked whose crest was on his buttons—he said, "Here it is, You may see"—(he was the worse for liquor, but he could understand what I said)—I asked if he had not been entrusted with a £50 note to get change—he said no, he was not the man—I took him into custody—we went down Harcourt-street, and he attempted to rescue himself, by putting my cape over my head, but I held him fast, and he said, "I am done, my character is gone"—I took him to the station, and found on him two sovereigns, eight half-crowns, nine shillings, three sixpences, and 1s. 0 1/2 d. in copper, eight duplicates, and a bill for corn for 37l. 2s. 5d., at Mr. Hale's—I went back to No. 57, Great James-street, and found the young woman I had seen him speak to, standing at the door, and from what she said we

went into a back room—she unlocked a box, and gave me two £10 notes and five £5 notes—after I had searched the prisoner at the station, the inspector asked him what he had done with the money—he said he had lost it, and that was the reason he had not returned to his master.

ROBERT HALE re-examined. These are the notes I gave the prisoner on the Saturday night, with the exception of one £5 note, which is not here.

Prisoner's Defence. I came to town on the Sunday morning for my clean linen, to a young woman I keep company with—I met a few friends, and drank more than I ought—I changed one note, and gave this young woman the remainder of the money, and thought to make up the money and take the bill as I went back—I had no intention to rob my master.

GUILTY. Aged 25.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor. Confined Six Months; One Week Solitary.


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