3rd April 1843
Reference Numbert18430403-1148
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1148. WILLIAM CEASAR , was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of March, 1 crown, and 3 shillings, the monies of William Smith, the younger.

WILLIAM SMITH. My son keeps the Sportsman public-house, in Margaret-street, Hackney-fields. On Monday, the 20th of March, he was from home, and I was minding the house for him—about six o'clock in the evening I observed in the till a crown piece, three sixpences, and a fourpenny piece—I left the bar for about ten minutes, leaving my wife there—when I came back I directly went to the till, and missed the crown piece and three shillings—it was my son's money—this is the crown now produced—I can swear to it by a mark across the back of the head—I had taken it about an hour before, and took particular notice of it.

MARTHA SMITH. I am the wife of the last witness—I was with him, minding my son's house—about six o'clock that evening my husband went away from the bar for a short time—while he was away the prisoner came in, and asked if my son was at home—I said, "No"—he said he wanted to borrow 8d.—I had a slight knowledge of him—I told him I could not lend it him, but my husband was in the yard—he went into the yard, returned, and said Mr. Smith was not there—I went into the kitchen, leaving him in front of the bar—he said he could not wait any longer, and went out—my husband afterwards came in, and missed the money—I had not been to the till—no one had come in or gone out but the prisoner, while my husband was absent.

WILLIAM SMITH, JUN. I keep the public-house. On Monday, the 20th of March, I went out, leaving my father and mother in care of the house—I know the prisoner—after being informed what had happened, I went after him with a policeman, and gave him into custody—my till is just under the counter—it could easily be got at from the front of the bar, by reaching over the counter.

THOMAS FLETCHER ATKINS . I keep the Royal Oak public-house, Hackney-fields. On the evening of the 20th of March, about six o'clock, I saw the prisoner in my tap-room—he had rum to the amount of 6d.—he gave a crown piece in payment—I gave him change, and put the crown along with my other silver—I did not at that time know whether I had any other crown, but when the policeman came to inquire next morning I only found this one—before I gave it him he said the one he wanted had a particular mark, which this has.

WILLIAM ROBINSON . I am a policeman. In consequence of information I went to Atkins's house, about nine o'clock next morning, and got this crown from him.

Prisoner's Defence. I was at the Royal Oak, playing at skittles, and won 6d. of a man; he gave me this crown, and I gave it to the landlord to change.

GUILTY . Aged 30.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Four Months.

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