5th July 1847
Reference Numbert18470705-1648
VerdictsGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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1648. JAMES SMITH was again indicted for stealing half a bushel of oats, value 2s., the property of John Coton, his master; and JOHN REDKNAPP for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing it to have been stolen.

JOHN COTON. in consequence of losses I sustained, I and the policeman put a mass of papers among my basket of oats on the night of the 23rd of June—Smith ought to have given some of those oats to the horses that night, and all the rest in the morning—here is a sack here with oats in it—I will swear these oats are mine—here are papers in them.

WILLIAM MILLERMAN (police-constable B 95.) these oats were shot loose into a bin at Hammersmith, and these papers among them. ROBERT HICKS (police-constable B 43.) on the morning of the 24th of June I went with Millerman to Starch-green, to watch for Smith to come—he came about a quarter before ten o'clock—he drove up to the public-house, took the nose-bag from the cart, emptied a small quantity of oats into the manger, and then spoke to Redknapp—they went into the back-yard and closed a pair of blue gates behind them—in about five minutes my brother officer and I pushed the gates open—the prisoners were then gone into the public-house—I remained in the yard, Millerman went to the house and called Redknapp out—I said to him, "I want to look into your corn-bin"—he said, "You are quite welcome, there is nothing there but what is my own"—he unlocked the stable—I went and looked, and found in the bin a number of pieces of paper which I had marked with the day of the month, and put in the oats the night before—I found a bushel and a half oats there, more than two nose-bags full.

Smith. Q. Did I carry the corn into the stable? A. Of course you did.

Redknapp Q. Did you see me receive any corn? A. You had the key of the place, and said what was there was your own property I was not there on the Wednesday.

WILLIAM MILLERMAN re-examined. I have heard hick's evidence—it is true—I found there papers in the manager and the nose-bag—Smith did not give the horses above a quart of corn.

Smith. I was there half an hour while I ate my breakfast—the horses had eaten the corn. SMITH— GUILTY. Aged 23.


Confined Eighteen Months.

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