1st March 1847
Reference Numbert18470301-764
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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764. JOSEPH OLIVER was indicted for stealing 3 planes, value 6s.; 2 squares, 2s.; and 1 saw, 1s.; the goods of John Hubbard, his master.

JOHN HUBBARD . I am a cabinet-maker, and live in Norfolk-street, Mileend. I took the prisoner into my service as journeyman—he worked with me till the 8th of Aug., when he left me—I then missed some tools—I met him on the 7th of Feb. in Whitechapel-road—he denied having seen my tools—I gave him into custody—I have seen three of my tools since at Mr. Dexter's, a pawnbroker's, a pawnbroker's, in Whitechapel-road—I got two of them, this plane and this square, out of pawn at my own expense—they are mine, and were amongst the tools I lost.

RICHARD WHITE . I am assistant to Mr. John Creed Dexter, a pawnbroker in Whitechapel-road. These articles were pawned by the prisoner on the 8th of Aug.

Prisoner. I was in the habit of going to Mr. Dexter's shop for month before that; this man knows my face; I did not pawn these tools. Witness. I am positive he is the man—they were stopped a few hours afterwards—I gave a description of the prisoner to the policeman.

HUGH BROSNAHAN (police-constable P 367.) On the 7th of Feb. the prisoner was given into my custody—he denied having taken the tools.

Prisoner. I was left in the work-shop, and went to have half a pint of beer; when I came back the tools were gone; I was afraid they would accuse me of taking them, and went away; the prosecutor saw me several times afterwards; I live not a stone's throw from his house.

JOHN HUBBARD re-examined. I did not see him once—I do not know where he lived—he came to me on the 30th of July for work, and I gave him some—he worked there that week, and till the following Tuesday night—he then said he had no where to go, could I let him sleep on the sharings—I

did, and on the Friday night he said might he bring his wife—I said he might—on the Saturday morning my wife said he had taken away all the tools—I lost more than those I found.

GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Six Months.

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