CHRISTOPHER ARGENT.
23rd November 1840
Reference Numbert18401123-116
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment

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116. CHRISTOPHER ARGENT . was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of October, at St. Mary, Stoke Newington, 1 watch, value 4l.; 2 seals, value 2l. 4s.; 1 watch-key, value 3d.; 3 sovereigns, and 2 half-sovereigns, the property of Charles Faint, his master, in his dwelling-house.

CHARLES FAINT . I live at Kingsland, in the parish of St. Mary, Stoke Newington—I formerly kept a public-house. I had been very ill, and in September last my brother brought the prisoner to my premises—I put great confidence in him—he only stopped till he could get a situation—I found him in board and lodging—I had known him as a waiter at the Manor House Tavern, Stoke Newington—I have known him about six months altogether—I missed him from the house on the 3rd of October about twenty minutes after twelve o'clock—he had been waiting on me—I missed a silver hunting watch, two seals, a metal chain, and a key, which were in my room the last time the prisoner was there—I also missed three sovereigns and two half-sovereigns from my pocket at my bedside—I found the prisoner in custody at the Mansion House—this is my watch, (looking at it) and one of the seals—the other is gone.

RICHARD MESSENGER, JUN . I am assistant to my father, a pawnbroker, at Croydon. On the 5th of October, this watch and seal were pawned for 22s., in the name of Christopher Argent, lodger, Crown Inn, North End—I believe the prisoner to be the person—it is worth 3l. 10s.—I do not believe the seal is gold.

JOHN TOWERZEY . I am a ticket-writer, and live in Upper Clifton-street, Finsbury. On the 18th of November I accompanied the prosecutor to the Mansion House, and saw the prisoner there—I said, "How came you to rob Mr. Faint, so good a master as he has been to you?"—he said he was very sorry for it, and asked me to intercede with Mr. Faint not to prosecute him, that his mother had got the watch, and all the money he had taken should be restored to him by his brother—I had known him a long time before.

Prisoner. I said the watch was safe, and my mother would bring It forward, but I never mentioned the money. Witness. You did.

SAMUEL PATRIC . (City police-constable, No. 45.) I was directed by the Magistrate to take the prisoner to Worship-street, after being released from where I had him in custody, he said, "This is a bad job"—I said, "What is it?"—he said, "I acknowledge taking the watch, but I have not taken the money"—I said, "Well, what did you do with the watch?"

—he said, "I gave it to my mother"—I said, "Where is she?"—he said, "She lives at Braintree," and before the Magistrate he stated the same thing.

GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Two Years.


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