16th June 1851
Reference Numbert18510616-1247
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1247. CHARLES ROWE was indicted for embezzlement.

THOMAS EDWARD CARNEY . I am in the service of Mr. Thomas Lansdell, in Holborn. The prisoner was assistant in the shop, the same as myself—on 14th May, I and the prisoner were at the shop-door—a person came to purchase a waistcoat, the prisoner waited on him—I heard the money put on the counter—the waistcoat was bought—I was lighting the gas—I saw the prisoner put it in paper, and take the money for it—I heard the man say, "Is 7s. 6d. the lowest?"—it was his duty to take the ticket off the garment, write on the back of it the price he got for it, and put that and the money in the till—after this the prisoner said he had to see a friend at the comer of the Row, and he should be in in a few minutes—he went out, and I went to the till—there was neither the ticket of the waistcoat nor the money in the till—I told my master.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. What are you? A. Assistant to the prosecutor—I was under the prisoner, but am now under another—I have been about six weeks there—I was before assistant in a draper's shop, in Regent-street—I was there five weeks; I left because I was not comfortable: I decline to state why—I was before that in Bristol; I left there about a fortnight before Christmas—I was in service there nine or ten months—I left, because I had a few words with my master about some glass that was broken—when I came to London, I went to Mr. Newman's in Regent-street—I left there, because he told me to clean windows, which I thought was not my duty—it was my duty at the prosecutor's to take orders, and to serve customers—the person who came to buy this waistcoat was admiring a waistcoat outside the window; the prisoner asked him to walk in—I did not introduce him into the shop.

Q. Did you not state that you were standing at the door, a person was passing, and you introduced him in to buy a waistcoat? A. I do not remember it; I was lighting the gas; I might have spoken to the customer—I saw him come—I went then to another part of the shop—he was in the shop four or five minutes—there was not much money in the till—I reckoned the money with the tickets, and found it correct—I was not long about it; it might be a minute or more—my master was up-stairs, or out.

THOMAS LANSDELL . I keep the shop at 327, High Holborn. Carney and the prisoner were my shopmen—it was his duty to receive money for me—he was to take the ticket off the article, and put it with the money in the till; and if there was no ticket on the article, he was to write on a piece of paper, and put it in the till—he had only been in my service from 12th May—on the 14th, from what Carney said to me, I followed the prisoner, and desired him to come back; I asked him why he left the shop without permission—he said he was merely gone to get a glass of ale—I said it was rather singular to go to get a glass of ale when he knew his supper was just ready—he went up-stairs with me, and I asked him if he had sold a garment; describing it—he said he had, and had received the money, and placed it in the till with the ticket—I told Carney to go and bring the till with the tickets in it—I counted them, and the money in it corresponded with the

tickets in it to a halfpenny—I have not the tickets here—there were tickets for three or four waistcoats, but not one of that amount—I gave the prisoner in charge—I went with him to Bow-street; on my return I looked for the ticket in the shop, it was not there—I went to the end of the Row, where the prisoner said he had been to get a glass of ale, and picked up three or four pieces of the ticket of the waistcoat—the policeman picked up the remainder—these pieces together make up the ticket—it has my mark on it—here is the prisoner's writing on the back of it, 7s. 6d., as having sold it.

Cross-examined. Q. What time was it that Carney gave you information? A. Between 9 and 10 o'clock—the waistcoat was sold between 7 and 8—I had been up-stairs about an hour—I had been out the greater part of the day—when I came home I went up-stairs—it is from thirty to forty yards from my shop to the public-house, where I found these bits of the ticket in the open street—I found them between 11 and 12—the prisoner did not tell me to what house he went to get a glass of ale.

JAMES SIRETT (policeman, F 112). I took the prisoner—I found on him one half-crown, four shillings, one sixpence, and fourpence—he said, "I am as innocent as you are"—on the way he said he had a half-sovereign, and he went to get change, and he had occasion to pay a half-crown—I went with the prosecutor to a public-house in Holborn-bars—I saw him pick up three pieces of a ticket, and I picked up the remainder of the pieces.

Witness for the Defence.

WILLIAM READ . I am a tailor. I know the prisoner—on 14th May I had to go into the City; on returning, I met the prisoner—I lent him a half-sovereign, on promise of his paying me the first payment be received—this was about 8 o'clock, or a little after—he went into a public-house—he said it would be very much serving him to lend it him, and I did—by what I have heard he had a very respectable character—I have not seen him lately.


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