21st October 1844
Reference Numbert18441021-2395
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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2395. ALFRED LOVEL was indicted for stealing a gelding, price 4l.; the property of Abraham Dodd.

CHRISTOPHER NORTH (policeman.) On the morning of the 28th of Sept., about half-past ten o'clock, I was at the station—the prisoner came there, and said he had committed a crime—I asked him what—he said he had stolen a horse—I told him whatever he said to me I should state before a Magistrate—he then told me where the horse was—I went with him, and found the horse at a livery-stable—he said he wanted to be transported, he did it for that purpose—he told me he took it from the Chalk-road, near Mr. Harris's beer-shop—he said he took it to Smithfield in the morning, between seven and eight, he was told the horse market did not commence till two, and he put it into the livery-stable, and told the ostler to give it a feed of corn—I detained the prisoner—he pointed the horse out to me—it was a bay gelding.

ABRAHAM DODD . I live at Islington. I had a horse in a field there—it was safe on the 26th of Sept.—I used it that day—I missed it on the 27th, and found it on the 28th in a livery-stable, or green-yard, at Islington, in the custody of the police—the prisoner showed it to me—I knew it to be my own.

WILLIAM HARRIS (policeman.) On the 26th of Sept. I was sent for from the station, to turn the prisoner out of the house of his master, Mr. Adams, a milkman, at Islington—he had discharged him from his service—he went out, with a good deal of persuasion, and when he got outside, he said he would go and do something, and get transported—I saw the horse—I did not see it with Mr. Dodd.

CHRISTOPHER NORTH re-examined. I took the horse from Smithfield to the Police-court, and put it into a livery-stable in Theberton-street, Islington—the owner afterwards came forward and identified it in my presence—it was the horse that I took from the prisoner.

Prisoner's Defence. I did not know what I was doing at the time. I had lived with my master nearly three years; he discharged me. I had given him no provocation; I was hardly in my senses.

WILLIAM HARRIS re-examined. I know the prisoner—he always appeared to be a very steady young man—his master said it was only for his temper he discharged him, he was a very honest boy—he pointed to his master, when he was discharged, and said, "That man has ruined me; and unless he takes

me back again, I will do something else "—the master said he would not—I have known him about two years—he was in the service of Mr. Adams, a dairyman.

GUILTY. Aged 20.—Strongly recommended to mercy. — Confined Three Months.

Before Mr. Justice Maule.

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