16th August 1852
Reference Numbert18520816-767
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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767. WILLIAM HILL was indicted for embezzlement.

WILLIAM AUSTIN ANSTEE . I am a butcher, living at Highgate. The prisoner was in my service as a journeyman, from Christmas last—he used to take out meat and receive money from my customers—it was his duty to give the money he received to myself or my wife, the same day, when he returned from the customer—I have a customer of the name of Goodwin—in July last he owed me 4s. 7d.—I have never received that from the prisoner—I have also a customer named Howell, who owed me 9s. 10 1/2 d.—I have never

received that from the prisoner—he left my service on the same day he received the money; he received both sums on the same day—he ought to have given me a week's notice—he left without giving any—I gave information to the police, and he was taken at Barnet.

JOHN GOODWIN . I live at Highgate, and deal with Mr. Anstee. On 5th or 6th July I paid the prisoner 4s. 7d.—I do not remember which day it was—it was money due to Mr. Anstee—a little ticket was produced—this is it (produced)—he receipted it at the same time—here are two bills, one is for 2s. 2d. and the other for 2s. 5d.; he receipted them both—I do not think he put his name, he wrote on them—I lent him a pencil to do it with—here is the pencil mark, but it is nearly rubbed out.

Prisoner. I did not deliver these bills to him, nor did I bring him any meat that day. Witness. I am sure he delivered one of them—I cannot say whether I paid him the day he left it, but I know I did pay him for the two.

MARY ANN BARNARD . I am servant to Mr. George Howell, of Finchleycommon; he deals with Mr. Anstee. On 6th July the prisoner brought some meat to my master's house—there was 9s. 10 1/2 d. owing—I gave him a sovereign to bring the change back, and I gave him the book to receipt—he took away the book and sovereign—he never brought back the change.

Prisoner's Defence. It was not my intention to defraud Mr. Anstee, but I met with two or three men, butchers, and had a glass of ale with one and another till I got rather excited, and did not know what I was about; after I found out my error I sent the money back to Mr. Anstee to recompense him; This is my first offence; I have a wife and two children; I was coming back to Highgate when I was taken.

WILLIAM AUSTIN ANSTEE re-examined. He did not send back the money until he was in charge—his mother offered to pay the money—he went away on the Tuesday and was taken on the Friday—he bore a very good character before this.

GUILTY.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and the Prosecutor. Confined One Month.

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