2nd May 1870
Reference Numbert18700502-394
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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394. CHARLES TURNER (24) , Stealing 149lbs. of rope, the property of Peter Rolt, from a boat on the River Thames.

MR. BESLEY conducted the Prosecution; and MR. MONTAGU WILLIAM the Defence.

MARY ANN PIMM . I live at 88, Limehouse Causeway, with my husband, Frederick Pimm, who is a marine store dealer—on Thursday, 31st March, the prisoner came to the shop and sold some rope—I don't know the exact, weight—I gave him 9s. per cwt—I did not pay him more than half-a-sovereign at one time—I saw him between 8 and 9 o'clock on the Friday, and he sold me some more rope—I can't say what I paid him on those two occasions, I only know I gave him 9s. per cwt.—I afterwards gave the rope up to the police constable.

Cross-examined. Q. He took it to your house twice? A. Yes—he said it was for bread for his children.

JOHN HENSHAW . I live at Rotherhithe, and am foreman to Peter Rolt & Co., Acorn Wharf, timber merchant—I have been shown 149lbs. of rope by the police officer—the value was about 15s.—I saw it safe on the Wednesday, at 7 o'clock, and when I went on the Thursday morning I found it had been cut out of one of the boats—there was a chain lock round the rope; but the rope was cut—on the Thursday night another portion was cut out of a different boat—I should think that was worth 8s. or 9s.—I reckon the value to be, altogether, 25s.—I also missed some on the Friday night—this (produced) is the rope—it is the property of my employers.

GEROGE READ . I took the prisoner into custody, and I got the rope from Mrs. Pimm—this if part of it.

The Prisoner's Statement before the Magistrate: "I only took it twice. The children were crying round me for bread."

The Prisoner received a good character.

GUILTY Strongly recommended to mercy by the Jury— Twelve Months' Imprisonment.

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