5th April 1841
Reference Numbert18410405-1158
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1158. CALEB SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of March, 1 pair of stockings, value 6d.; 1 pair of scissors, value 6d.; 1 candlestick, value 4d.; 1 handkerchief, value 4d.; and 1 shell, value 2d.; the goods of Robert Parnham.

ROBERT PARNHAM . I am an appraiser, and live on Hounslow-heath. I lost the property stated from my house, on the 20th of March, about half-past seven o'clock in the evening—the stockings and handkerchief were taken out of the parlour, and the other things from the kitchen and another room—I was at the Wellington beer-shop, about two hundred yards from my house, that evening, about half-past seven, and was paying

some bricklayers for some work—the prisoner came in and brought the brass candlestick in his hand—he put it on the table, and said to the land-lord, "Master, do you want to buy such a thing as this?"—he then said, "See, what a nice shell I can sell for 2d."—the landlord told him to go on, and shortly after, while he was in the tap-room, a person brought out a pair of scissors which he had bought—I then went home—I heard my dog barking, and I found my front door fast—I walked round the bouse, and just as I got to the back door I met the prisoner coming out of my kitchen—I seized him and took him back to the beer-shop—this handkerchief and stockings were produced to me—I then looked at the candlestick, and found it was mine—these things are all mine, and were safe in my house before—my back door was not fast.

THOMAS HANSON . I live at Hounslow. I was in the tap-room, it the Wellington, and saw the prisoner—I bought the handkerchief and stockings of him for 6d.—I saw him sell the candlestick and shell—he said he was in distress—I saw the prosecutor bring the prisoner in, and I gave up the property.

HENRY BAILEY . I live at Hounslow. I was at the Wellington, and bought these scissors of the prisoner for 6d.—I saw him sell the shell and candlestick for 2d. each.

CHARLES JENKS (police-sergeant T 20.) I was on duty, and took him in charge.

Prisoner's Defence. I found the bundle just outside the public-house door, and I brought it in; I showed it to the landlord, and said, "Is this jour candlestick?" He said, "No" I took it into the tap-room, and could not get any body to own it; I then tried to sell it.

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Six Months.

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