27th February 1837
Reference Numbert18370227-864
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation; Not Guilty > unknown

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864. THOMAS COTTER and OWEN LYNIARD were indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of February, 1 metal cock, value 10s., the goods of George Elliott.

WILLIAM PEARCE . I am foreman at the chemical works at Mill Wall belonging to Mr. George Elliott. I missed this cock from there—I know it is my master's.

WILLIAM GRIFFIN (police-sergeant K 11.) I live in Waterloo-street, Lime house. I saw the two prisoners, at half-past eight o'clock, on the 22nd of February, with another, who is not in custody, near the West India docks—I crossed the road, and spoke to Cotter—Lyniard and the third man ran away before I spoke—I asked Cotter what he had under his arm—he said nothing but a bag—I searched, and found he had this cock—I took him; and on the following Sunday I found Lyniard in bed, and took him.

RICHARD MARSHALL . I keep a beer-shop, near Mr. Elliotts. On that evening, about half-past eight o'clock, I saw the two prisoners, and another with them.

EDWARD DRURY (police-constable K 180.) I was on duty at the West India docks—I saw the two prisoners, and Allen in their company.

Lyniard's Defence. I was coming from Greenwich, and saw Cotter, whom I knew—I asked what he had got—he said nothing but a smock-frock.

Cotter's Defence. I was at work in a ballast-barge, and found this cock I showed it to the men, and they asked me if I would have it.

COTTER— GUILTY. Aged 21.—Recommended to mercy ,— Confined One Month.


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