7th April 1851
Reference Numbert18510407-973
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > whipping; Imprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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973. CHARLES BERRY , and THOMAS VOSE , stealing 16 feet of leaden pipe, value 10s., fixed in certain land, the property of Benjamin Chesterman and another: Vose having been before convicted.

FREDERICK CHESTERMAN . I am in partnership with my brother Benjamin. I was erecting some houses in Bath-court, Great Warner-street last month—the water is supplied by a leaden-pipe from the main, through my property—there was about fourteen feet under ground, and then it came into a water butt—it was soldered to the main—on 1st April I missed about fourteen feet of it—I saw my foreman compare some pipe with what was left, and it corresponded; it is worth about 10s.

HENRY LOXLEY . I am foreman to Messrs. Chesterman. On 31st March, I was at work at the new house, and saw the pipe safe at half-past six o'clock—I missed it at six next morning—I have compared some pipe found at the police-station with the piece left, and they correspond—I have cut off the part which was left to compare it with.

WILLIAM LANNING . I live at 17, Great Warner-street. On 31st March, about half-past nine o'clock, I was in Bath-court, calling for my mate, who lives there—I saw the prisoners and another boy there—Berry said to me, "Go on, there is something the matter round the corner"—I went round the corner, and there was nothing the matter—in a quarter of an hour I came back, and saw the prisoners, one on the wall, and one on the leads—Vose afterwards came into Bath-court again—I came back in about five minutes, and found Berry in custody.

JAMES GEORGE (policeman, G 59). I was on duty near Bath-court, about half-past nine o'clock, and saw the prisoner—Lanning told me something, and I went and saw the prisoners standing in the court, on a ladder—Berry had some lead pipe in his hand—he ran round the corner into a dark doorway, and laid the pipe down—I picked it up, and took him—he said he had nothing to do with the lead—Vose escaped—I compared the lead with the other piece, and it corresponded.

WILLIAM HENRY MARTIN (policeman, G 18). On 1st March I was on duty in Arlington-street, Clerkenwell—Vose came up to me and asked me if I had seen Fisher or Archer?—I said, "No; what is the matter?"—he said two chaps had brought some lead into Bath-court, near Cold-bath-square—I said I would go with him—I asked him if they were there now?—he said, "Yes;" I said, "Is the lead there?" he said, "Yes; they could not get it away; there are so many bobbies there"—a man told me something, and I said to Vose, "You seem to know something about it; you had better go down with me"—he said he knew the robbery was to be committed, and was looking after Fisher and Archer since six o'clock; they are two constables.

Vose. Mr. Archer told me to look out and see if I knew any thieves, and I was to go into his house, and he would pay me for it—I went to his house—he was not at home, and I told Martin.

JOHN ARCHER (policeman, G 217). I produce a certificate—(read—Thos. Vose, Convicted here Feb., 1851, confined one month, and whipped)—I was present—he is the person—he had only been out of prison a fortnight or three weeks.

BERRY.— GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined One Month, and Whipped.

VOSE.— GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Three Months, and twice Whipped.

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