THOMAS HANDS.
27th October 1856
Reference Numbert18561027-1024
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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1024. THOMAS HANDS , stealing I gelding, the property of john Davis.

JOHN DAVIS . I am a rope mat maker livingat No. 5 Brunswick-street, Homerton. On 3rd of this mouth I had a horse, and turned it out into the Hackney Marshes—I saw it again on 5th instant in the hands of the police—the value of it was 5l.

GEORGE GUTTERIDGE . I am a dealer in hay and straw at Kensington. On the evening of 4th inst., I went to the Elephant public house—I saw the prisoner there—he had a horse with him—I asked whether it was his horse—he said, no, it was his governor's—I asked who his governor was, and he said, Mr. Gibson, greengrocer, High-street, Hackney—I asked him what he wanted to sell it for—he said, because it was getting old, and he would put another in its place—I asked what he wanted for it, and he said 2l.—he said it was to be killed—I said I should not like to give 2l. for it, it was not worth that, I should not like to give more than 25s. for it—he agreed to take that—I had only 15s. in my pocket, but I said I would give him the other 10s. when I got home—he gave me the papers I now produce—he wrote one piece of paper—I said "That will not do; I am not satisfied with it; you had better write another," "George Gutteridge bought a horse of Thomas Hands"—then he wrote "J. Gibson"—I went to the police station after that.

Prisoner. Q. Did I not give you a paper first with, "Bought of Mr. Gibson; signed by Thomas Hands"? A. "Thomas Hands "is the first paper you gave me.

WILLIAM LAMBOURN . (policeman, N 489). There is no person of the name of Gibson in High-street, Hackney—I went with the last witness to the Elephant—I saw the prisoner; I asked him where he had got the horse from, and he then told me he had got it from his master, where he had been at work for a week, Mr. Gibson, of High-street, Hackney—I told him I must detain him at the police station till I made inquiry—I made inquiry all over Hackney, and I could not find any such name.

Prisoners Defence. On Saturday evening I was coming along Hackney, when a man came up and asked me if I wanted a job; I said, "Yes;" he said he would give me one; he had got a horse with him which he wanted to take to a public house at Kensington; he said he would pay me for my trouble; I was to meet him at the Mermaid Tavern, but I was detained by the constable.

GUILTY .

(The prisoner was further charged with having been before convicted.)

GEORGE LANGDON . (policeman, C 654). I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction here, on 28th Feb., 1853, on his own confession, of stealing a saddle, a bridle, and a pair of reins, having been before convicted of felony—(read)—he was released in about six months on a ticket of leave—he has been tried four times.

GUILTY. **.— Four Years Penal Servitude.


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