25th October 1841
Reference Numbert18411025-2589
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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2589. JOHN NELSON was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of August, 12 boxes, value 1l. 5s., the goods of Thomas Wakefield.

EMMA WAKEFIELD . I am the wife of Thomas Wakefield, an egg-merchant, in Drury-lane. The prisoner was in the habit of dealing with us

for empty boxes—on the 10th of August, he came and asked for a dozen boxes, and asked what time it would suit me best for him to have them—I said, "About six o'clock"—he came for them—I ordered our boy to put the horse in the cart, and take the boxes, with the prisoner, to where he should show him, which was at Mr. Cornish's, in Middle-row, Holborn—the boy came back, and said the prisoner had given him the slip—he was to have paid ready money—I stated that in our shop before the prisoner and the boy—he was to go with him to receive the money.

Prisoner. I never heard you say that I was to pay ready money for these—I had paid ready money before. Witness. I told the boy, in your presence, he was to have the money, which was 1l. 5s.—it was always in the same way before—you never had a box without—I cannot swear that you heard any thing said, you made no reply.

THOMAS DAVIS . I am porter to Mr. Wakefield. On the 10th of August I went with the prisoner and the boxes—I was ordered to take them to Mr. Cornish's, at the corner of Middle-row, Holborn—the prisoner was to pay the money when I delivered them—that was stated in his presence—I got to Mr. Cornish's, and delivered the boxes, one by one to the prisoner, and he delivered them—I asked him the reason why he was so long gone with them—he said he had to take them up three pairs of stairs—I handed out the last box to him, and saw no more of him—I went into the house, and asked if the man had delivered the boxes—they said he had, and that he had been paid, and was gone.

EDWARD STONE . I received these egg-boxes, and paid the prisoner 26s. for them—I had nothing to do with any other person—Davis came in in about twenty minutes or half-an-hour after the prisoner had left.

Prisoner. Q. Do you recollect my saying the profit was very small? A. Yes—I do not recollect your saying you were to give 25s. for them—our boy assisted you up stairs with them.

HENRY EDWARD BAKER . I am an officer. I took the prisoner on the 27th of September.

Prisoner's Defence. I dealt with these parties, but I was rather short of money, and did not consider I was bound to pay for them at that time; I intended to pay for them eventually, and should have done so.

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Confined Six Months.

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