3rd March 1862
Reference Numbert18620303-380
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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380. RICHARD PAYNTER (40) , Stealing 1 coat, the property of Edward Groves, his master.

MR. THOMPSON conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY CLEMOW . I am in the service of Edward Groves, a clothier, of Lower-marsh, Lambeth—the prisoner was in his service as salesman, from March, 1858, till August, 1861—this coat (produced) is the property of Edward Groves—our mark is in the sleeve—the value of it is 12s. 6d.

Cross-examined by MR. LILLEY. Q. Has Mr. Groves two establishment? A. Yes; one in the Edgeware-road, and one in the New-cut—I think there are about seven persons in the New-cut who sell articles of clothing; and five, six, or seven in the Edgeware-road—that is the mark, in ink, on the sleeve—two clerks keep the books of our establishment—the cashier takes the money—he has to enter every sale—I have not searched the books—the cashier is not here—I have been in Mr. Groves' employ turned six years—the prisoner was in business for himself, as a clothier, at Chapel-street, Edgeware-road—I do not know at what date—I am not sure of the street—it was not just previous to his coming into Groves' employment—he had lived at Mr. Prew's, in Holborn—he left Mr. Prew's to come to Mr. Groves—I do not know the date at all—I cannot say whether I was in Mr. Groves employ at the time; but I can swear to this having been marked within three years.

MR. THOMPSON. Q. You can swear to its having been marked within three years? A. It is my own mark; I marked it myself—all the articles are marked, coats in the sleeve, waistcoats and trousers in the lining—this is what I should describe as a new coat.

CAMPBELL POOLE . I am in the service of Mr. Robinson, a pawnbroker, of the Triangle, Kennington—this coat was pawned, on 21st September, 1861, for 12s., in the name of John Price—this is the ticket—I cannot recollect who pawned it—I do not know the prisoner.

WILLIAM GOODLAND (Policeman, 82 L). I took the prisoner into custody—I charged him with being drunk, on the first occasion—I asked him if the ticket belonged to him—he said, "Yes"—I searched him, and found on him 122 pawn tickets, a latch-key, and a cork-screw—among the tickets I found this one (produced) relating to this coat—I asked him if the ticket belonged to him; and he said that it did—I afterwards made inquiries—I said nothing to him about the coat.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you sure you said nothing with respect to this particular coat? A. Quite so—I did not draw his attention to it at all—he said nothing about it to me—he was asked questions at Lambeth police-court, but not by me.

THE COURT considered there was no evidence against the prisoner.


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