25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-114
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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114. EDWARD SORRELL was again indicted for stealing 2 pairs of shoes, value 6d.; 1 pair of stays, 4s.; and 24 yards of linen cloth, 20s., the goods of Charles Birt and another, his masters.

JOHN KERSHAW (police-constable G 128.) The prisoner was put into custody on the 8th of Nov. I went to his lodging in Brook-street, Kennington, to a back room on the first floor—I saw a female there, whom the prisoner told me was his wife—I found a box there, which was unlocked, and in it I found three duplicates, which had reference to some holland at Mr. Hawes, in Old-street—Mr. Bardon and Mr. Ludgate were with me—Mr. Ludgate said in the prisoner's presence, when I found the duplicates, "I think they belong to us."

WILLIAM PETHERBRIDGE . I found two duplicates in the prisoner's pocket-book relating to Mr. Birt's property—I gave them to the officer who produced them to-day.

JOHN KERSHAW . I received these duplicates from Mr. Petherbridge.

CHARLES BIRT . I am in partnership with Mr. Ludgate. We are linen drapers, and live in Carthusian-street—the prisoner was in our employ—he left us at the latter end of July—on one of these pieces of linen there is no mark that I can positively swear to, but on this other piece here are marks by which I am positive it was ours—here is our cost mark, the selling mark, and the house we bought it of—I cannot swear that it was not sold, but I will venture to say that the sale is not in our book—I will most positively swear it was once ours, and was in the prisoner's care—he had the sole charge of these goods—on this pair of stays here is the cost mark, the selling mark, and the house we bought it of—I cannot say whether they were sold, and I am just in the same position with respect to these shoes.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. What do you call this? A. Undressed or unbleached holland—that is the name it goes by in the trade—I believe it is composed of linen—the stays were not in the prisoner's department, but he had the full range of the shop—he was with us six or seven weeks—when he came he was in a state of destitution—we provided him with a suit of clothes—there was no salary fixed upon—it was an understood thing that he should come by way of probation, and he should have a certain salary after a time if he suited us—the first Saturday night we gave him six or seven shillings, and his travelling expenses—the second week he had about the same money, and he had his board with us.

WILLIAM ROWLAND DANIELS . I am in the service of Mr. Hawes, a a pawnbroker, in Old-street. I produce this holland—I do not know who pawned it, but I know the prisoner as frequenting the shop—he went by the name of John Smith, and this holland is pawned in that name.

Cross-examined. Q. I believe you have a great many John Smith's pledge at your place? A. Yes.

THOMAS DAWSON . I am in the service of Mr. Brown, a pawnbroker, Broadway, Ludgatehill. I produce this pair of stays—I do not know who pawned them, but I gave this duplicate for them.


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