23rd November 1840
Reference Numbert18401123-110
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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110. JOB RALFE . was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of November, 1 coat, value 2s. 6d., the goods of Henry Watson.

HENRY WATSON . I am a tailor, and live in Norfolk-buildings, Somers-town. On the 16th of November, about eight o'clock in the evening, I saw this coat taken from two pegs inside my door—I went out, and was told the person had run up Ebenezer-place with it—I went up and met the prisoner coming out of the place without the coat—this is it—(produced.)

JOSEPH CORNWALL . A neighbour came to my shop, and in consequence of what he told me, I went out and met the prisoner coming down the court

—I gave him in charge of a policeman on suspicion—I then went to a water-closet up the court, and found the coat lying on the top of the water-closet.

Prisoner. Q. Did you see a female come down the court with me? A. No, there might have been one, but my attention was directed to you—I believe you were a little in liquor.

EMILY WALKER . I saw the prisoner near Mr. Watson's house—I was on the opposite side of the way—he stepped in, took the coat off the two pegs, and ran up Ebenezer-court—I followed, and saw him go into the privy, and put the coat on the top of the privy tiles.

ELIZABETH REYNOLDS . I live in Denton-street, Somers-town. I saw the prisoner take the coat off the two pegs, and run up Ebenezer-court.

Prisoner's Defence. I went up the court with a female—I went to the privy, and when I came out they took me for stealing the coat, which I know nothing of.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 43.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Six Weeks.

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