26th October 1846
Reference Numbert18461026-2081
VerdictsGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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2081. WILLIAM STEEL was indicted for stealing 1 watch, value 1l. 4s.; 1 watch-chain, 6d.; and 1 watch-key, 6d.; the goods of Gowan Bruar: and JAMES O'NEIL for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.; to which

STEEL* pleaded GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Six Months.

GOWAN BRUAR . I had my watch hanging up in my bakehouse in Crawford-street, at one o'clock on the 9th of Oct.—I missed it at four—this is it—I saw Steel in my bakehouse that day—I did not see O'Neil.

GEORGE FERRIS (police-constable D 112.) I saw the prisoners together on the evening of the 9th of Oct.—they had a sack in their possession—I took them to the station, and received information about the watch.

WALTER O'NEIL (police-constable D 158.) I found this watch in O'Neil's pocket—he said he knew nothing about it—he demanded it of me, saying I had no claim to it.

MARY ASHBEE . I saw the prisoners at the station—O'Neil said he knew nothing about the watch—Steel said before O'Neil that he had given it him to sell because he could make more money of it than he could, and that he (Steel) had stolen it—O'Neil laughed at it—he made no reply.


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