22nd May 1822
Reference Numbert18220522-28
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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794. WILLIAM HARDING was indicted for stealing on the 5th of May , 72 lbs. of horse hair, value 4 l., the goods of Moses Wells , in the dwelling-house of Joseph Terrell .

SECOND COUNT, stating it to be the property of Joseph Terrell .

MOSES WELLS . I am a horse hair manufacturer and live in Portpool-lane. The prisoner was in my employ - I dismissed him on Saturday the 4th of May; I had sent him about six o'clock that evening with 76 lbs. of horse hair, to Mr. Terrell to be baked, it would turn out 72 lbs., and was worth 4 l. 10 s. I had him apprehended on Tuesday after. I had told him I should not employ him any more.

JOSEPH TERRELL . I am a baker, and live in Laystall-street . The prisoner brought me some horse hair on Saturday the 4th of May, there was three or four dozen lbs.; he came again on Sunday morning, about nine o'clock for it - I delivered it to him, not knowing he had left his master - he brought it back, and said his master was not at home, and came again about twelve for it. I did not deliver it the second time, I was not there; he came again on the Monday morning about seven o'clock; I delivered it to him - I delivered him about 12 lbs. I understood he had fetched the rest before.

BARNETT WOOLF . I am a furniture broker, and dealer in hair and feathers. The prisoner came to me on Monday the 6th of May, between nine and ten o'clock in the morning, with a bag across his shoulder - he said he had some hair to sell; he said he was a factor himself, that he gave 7 d. per lb., and could sell it for 9 d.; I took it at 9 d., he asked 10 d. There was 7 lbs. I am sure of him.

THOMAS THOMPSON . I apprehended the prisoner. He said he sold the hair at a shop in Petticoat-lane, and next morning he took me to Woolf's, where I found it.

Prisoner's Defence. He said if I told where it was I should not be hurt. If my master had paid my wages I should not have robbed him.

MOSES WELLS . I paid him all I owed him. I had him from the work-house.

GUILTY. Aged 51.

Of Larceny only . Confined Six Months .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Bayley.

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