29th January 1855
Reference Numbert18550129-298
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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298. SAMUEL HANDLEY , stealing 1 sovereign, the moneys of James Stracham, in a vessel, upon the river Thames.

JAMES STRACHAN . I am seaman's schoolmaster, on board the Albion, which is lying off Woolwich. The prisoner was a marine on board—on 27th Dec. I had two sovereigns—I put them into a cap which was a little way from me on the deck, between 10 and 11 o'clock in the evening—I was asleep, when the prisoner came and woke me up—I was sober—it is a general rule to lie down and go to sleep on the deck—the prisoner did not wake me—(The witness appeared to be ill, and the COURT desired that he should be taken into the air, and a medical gentleman who happened to be present was requested to attend him).

JOHN JONES . I am a corporal in the Marines. I know that the last witness has been complaining the last two or three days of a violent cold—I was on board the Albion on 5th Jan.—I went to the prisoner with the last witness—I asked him if he knew anything of the sovereign that was lost—he said he had taken the sovereign, and he would pay it back again the first chance he had.

Prisoner. I deny having said that I took the sovereign. Witness. He said he took the sovereign from him, and he would pay it back the first chance he had.,

JAMES GROVE (policeman, 397 R). I took the prisoner on the 10th Jan., about 3 o'clock, on board the Albion, lying in the Thames, off Woolwich dockyard—I told the prisoner he must go to the station with me, he was charged with stealing money—he said, "I know I be."

(The medical gentleman who had attended the witness, Strachan, stated that the witness would not beable to resume his evidence at present; he was afraid he was under the influence of drink. The COURT thought it would be hardly satisfactory to depend on his evidence if he did come.)


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