24th October 1859
Reference Numbert18591024-898
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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898. WILLIAM THOMPSON (29) , Stealing 1 pewter-pot, value 2s., the property of Charles Ireland.

MR. COOPER conducted the Prosecution.

SAMUEL STEED . I am waiter at the Porter public-house, kept by Mr. Charles Ireland—on 12th October the prisoner came in the evening; he went into the parlour and had a pint of half-and-half—there were other persons there who, after taking what they desired, left, and left the prisoner alone—he came outside and asked for twopenny worth of gin-and-water—the pots and glasses were in the parlour, and while the prisoner got in conversation with another man, I looked in the parlour and a pot was gone—I accused the prisoner of stealing it; he said he knew nothing about it; he did not know what I meant—I said I would give him in charge—he tried to make his way out, but I stopped him, and the policeman came and took him—this pot was found in his hat—I had seen him at the house for about a fortnight before—this pot is worth about 3s.

Prisoner. Q. How long did I stand in front of your bar after I came out of the parlour? A. From three to five minutes perhaps.

JOB GATES (City policeman, 357). I took the prisoner to the station—I found on him 11 1/2 d. in money—he said he did not know anything of the pot—he had been drinking, but was not drunk.

Prisoner's Defence. I don't deny that the pot fell out of my hat, but I was in that state that I did not know what I was doing—I had been drinking all day—I don't know how the pot came in my hat.

GUILTY .— Confined Four Months.

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