21st February 1810
Reference Numbert18100221-73
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Corporal > public whipping

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220. SAMUEL WARNER and WILLIAM FINAUGHTY were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 19th of February , a pound weight of opium, value 8 s. two pounds weight of cheese, value 1 s. two ounces of bees-wax, value 1 s. the property of the London Dock Company .

SECOND COUNT for like offence, only varying the manner of charging it.

ALEXANDER LOW . I am foreman of the warehouse, No. 4, in the London Docks ; Warner was a labourer in the warehouse , Nos. 3 and 4; Finaughty was a carman . There was opium and cheese on the quays, and in the warehouse, No. 3, there was bees wax. On the 19th of February last, I saw Warner come round the back of the warehouse and give Finaughty a mat in his hand; he throwed it in his cart. I asked Finaughty, what he had got in his cart; he said, it was nothing to me. I called Latter, the watchman, and then Finaughty throwed it out of the cart. The watchman opened the mat; this bag was rolled up in the mat; the bag contained this cheese, opium, and bees wax. There was bees wax in both the warehouses, and cheese and opium were on the quays.

MICHAEL LATTER . I am a watchman in the London Docks. I apprehended both the prisoners. I examined the mat when Finaughty put it out of the cart, and found the contents were opium, bees wax, and cheese. I have had it ever since.

Warner's Defence. This man asked me for an old mat; I saw two pieces of old mats behind the wine casks, I chucked them up in the cart. What was in them, I did not know.

Finaughty's Defence. I saw Warner coming along, I asked him if he had got a bit of old mat to give me; he fetched this, and I throwed it into the cart. Mr. Low asked me, what it was; I told him, it was an old mat. I did not know any thing was in it.

WARNER, GUILTY , aged 48.


Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and whipped one hundred yards near the London Docks .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

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