25th October 1841
Reference Numbert18411025-2606
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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2606. MICHAEL BRIANT was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of August, 1 child's carriage, value 1l.; the goods of William Bance Burrows.

DIANA BURROWS . I am the wife of William Bance Burrows, of White Horse-yard, Drury-lane—we let out children's carriages for hire. On the 30th of August a boy came twice and inquired for a chaise—I asked him who be came from, and refused to let him have it unless the person who wanted it came—the prisoner afterwards came, and I let it to him for an hour, for which he paid me 2d.—he drew it away from the door, and said be would return it in one hour quite safe—he did not return it at all—I found the chaise five weeks after at Black wall in the possession of Sladden.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What was the value of the chaise? A. 1l.—I had never seen the prisoner before—we have a great many people come for chaises—I saw him next at the station—my husband fetched me there, and said they had got the person there who took the horse and chaise—the policeman pointed him out as the person who had robbed us—he had a dark dress on when he came for the chaise—I did not suspect anything—he said I need not be under the least apprehension.

WILLIAM SLADDEN . I am a policeman. In consequence of the prosecutrix's husband coming to me, I went down to Blackwall—I saw the chaise' there, and saw the prisoner's wife—I told her it was stolen—she went with me to the station—I then went to Mr. Young's, a tailor in High-street, Poplar, and saw the prisoner—I told him I took him for stealing a chaise—he said he had bought it in Petticoat-lane—I went there with him, and saw the lady belonging to the shop—she said she had not sold such a thing for the last six months, or two years, perhaps, but people were in the habit of bringing things before her door, and she could not say whether it had been there or not—the prosecutrix saw the chaise, and claimed it—the prosecutor took me to where the chaise was to be found.

Cross-examined. Q. The prisoner told you he had been to the shop to which he took you? A. Yes; the woman was certain it was not bought at her shop, but said ifc might have been bought outside.

GUILTY . Aged 32.— Confined Three Months.

Before Lord Chief Baron Abinyer.

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