20th September 1847
Reference Numbert18470920-2070
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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2070. JAMES COCHRANE was indicted for stealing 1 drinking-horn, value 2s.; 5 sovereigns, 20 half-crowns, 47 shillings, and 6 sixpences; the property of Thomas Phipps Austin, in his dwelling-house.

SOPHIA MAYNARD. I am barmaid at Peel's coffee-house, in Fleet-street, kept by Mr. Thomas Phipps Austin. On the 1st of Sept. the prisoner came in—we kept the gold and silver on a shelf in the bar—the gold was in a horn, and the silver was on the shelf—I heard a jink, that induced me to look, and I saw the prisoner on the counter, with his hand on the horn—I looked at the shelf, and the silver was gone, I suppose there was about 5l. worth—I called out, "Thief, thief, he has stolen all the silver!"—the porter came, and ran after him—I followed him till he was caught—5l. worth of silver was found on him, and 4d. in copper—he had no gold—he had left in the horn.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBISON. Q. Did you ever see the prisoner before? A. No—directly he saw me he jumped off the counter and ran out at the door—he had the horn in his hand, and he put it down and ran away—I did not see him again till our porter had him by the coat, bringing him back.

GEORGE HEARN. I am the porter. I ran after the prisoner, caught him, and brought him back.

Cross-examined. Q. Where did you first see him running? A. Down by the Daily Newspaper office.

EDWARD BRYANT. I was passing up fetter-lane about a quarter-past three o'clock—I saw the prisoner and another man by the coffee-house door—the other man put his head inside the coffee-house, first, and then the prisoner went in—he came running out in a minute, and as he passed the other man, he said "five pounds"—he ran off—I pursued him, and called, "Thief"—I never lost sight of him till he was stopped in Temple-street.

Cross-examined. Q. What were you doing? A. I had taken a parcel to the White Horse, in Fetter-lane, and was then returning—I stood there about five minutes—I distinctly heard what took place—I was three or four yards from them—the other man was standing by the corner of the house—I heard

no conversation till the prisoner came running out of the door-way—he ran right between the two of us—I was standing at the post, as if looking towards Temple-bar, and the other man by the corner of the house—the prisoner said, "Five pounds"—he did not say it to me—he was stopped by a gentleman at the corner of Temple-street, and the porter came up to him when he was stopped.

SAMUEL KETT (City policeman. 324.) I took the prisoner—I found on him the silver stated, twenty half-crowns, forty-seven shillings, and six sixpences

GUILTY. Aged 18.— Confined Six Months.

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