15th June 1840
Reference Numbert18400615-1661
VerdictsGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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1661. WILLIAM SEAMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of May, 110 lbs. weight of iron, value 3s. 6d., the goods of John Joseph Bramah and others, his masters; and THOMAS WARREN, for feloniously receiving the same, so as aforesaid feloniously stolen; well knowing the same to have been stolen.

MR. ESPINASSE conducted the Prosecution.

EDWARD DANSON. I am foreman to Messrs. John Joseph Bramah and others, the engineers. They have the contract for supplying the iron work of the Black wall Railway—Seaman was in their employ last month—he was not authorized to take any waste iron for himself—it was to fee taken, to our own stores, at our shop in Margaret-street, Commercial road.

JOHN CANTWELL (police-constable K220.) On the 27th of May, I was on duty on the Black wall Railway, I saw Seaman there, about half-past seven o'clock, with a bag—he went from the Cannon-street bridge to the next bridge, and there he picked up the iron, and put it into the bag—it was the chippings of the bridge—he went away with them—I called the other officer, and followed him down the ladder, on to Wellbeck-street, and then to Chapman-street—I did not see him go into any house—I saw him going up Wellbeck-street, and there we apprehended "him—I went into Warren's house, which is at the corner of Chapman-street—I saw the officer, Overton, who was standing in the back kitchen—I did not go into the back kitchen—I heard some person talking there—I did not see Seaman—I then went out into the next street, the other officer came by me, and said, "They are

gone into the next street"—I followed the other officer into the next street, and saw Seaman going away with the bag at his back, and making the best of his way off—I took Seaman into custody—he did not say any thing—this is the iron—(producing the iron.)

EDWARD DANSON. This iron is the property of Messrs. Bramah and Co.

Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. How do you know it? A. I know it comes from the bridge at the railway.

HENRY OVERTON (police-constable K373.) I was on duty on the 27th of May, on the Blackwall Railway—I went with Cantwell after Seaman—I followed him into Back-lane—he had a bag on his back—I saw him go into Warren's house, No. 2, Upper Chapman-street—he went in at the front door—I followed him right through the house, into the back kitchen, looked through the window, and saw Warren and Seaman in the back yard—the bag was at their feet, between them—I was not there above a moment when Warren turned round and saw me—(his back was towards me when I got to the window)—he said to Seaman, "Be off, be off; the police are after you, I will have nothing to do with you"—Warren then helped up the bag with his left hand, and beckoned to Seaman to be off with his right—I came out of the passage into Upper Chapman-street, into Wellbeck-street, and saw Seaman making off with the property—he said he was going to his master's house, in Salmon's-lane, Limehouse—I asked what he did in the marine-store shop with it—he said Warren had called him in to tell him of his mother who was come from the country—I took him to the station-house, and then went to Warren's—Warren keeps a marine-store shop.

Seaman's Defence. I went in to light my pipe—I did not stop a minute—I went in one way, and saw the gangway open, and went out the other.

SEAMAN— GUILTY.Aged 26.— Confined One Month


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