9th April 1823
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Before Mr. Recorder.

648. JOHN ARMSTRONG was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of March , 39 lbs. of lead, value 5 s., the goods of Aaron Bray , and fixed to a certain building of his .

AARON BRAY . This lead was fixed to a gutter, over a building in Red Lion-yard, Holborn . It was safe the day before it was missed; some lead was afterwards produced, and fitted to some which was left in the yard, it belonged to the premises.

JOSEPH BATTON . I am watchman of St. Andrews. On the morning of the 14th of March, about three o'clock, I saw the prisoner in Shoe-lane, with a bundle under his arm; I asked him what he had got, he said it was his own property; I took him to the watch-house and found it was 39 lbs. of gutter lead; I went to where he said he lodged, and found he had left there some time; I went to Red Lion-yard, about ten o'clock in the morning, and found more lead lying there; I compared it, and it corresponded exactly, with about 27 lbs. in the yard; it appeared to me to have come off the roof,

JACOB FREWIN . I am an officer. The prisoner was brought to the watch-house by Batton with the lead; I questioned him, he said he found it in the neighbourhood of Highgate; I said it was an unusual hour; he said he was looking for work, which made him so late, it was tied in a neck handkerchief, and he had no handkerchief on, I found a knife on him which appeared to have recently cut lead, it was fresh broken, the edges of the lead were quite bright; I saw it matched with what was left, in the yard it corresponded.

Cross-examined by MR. LAW. Q. There was not all that was stolen - A. No, about half of it.

AARON BRAY . I saw the knife which was found on the prisoner, the bloom of the lead was still on it. He was employed on the premises by me; I know the knife to be his, for he lent it me a few days before; he lived with me one year and a half. My son discharged him.

GUILTY . Aged 25.

Confined Six Months .

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