12th January 1826
Reference Numbert18260112-49
VerdictNot Guilty

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Before Lord Chief Baron Alexander.

230. WILLIAM SMITH and THOMAS DIMSDALE were indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of John Green , on the 16th of December , and stealing 3 live tame rabbits, price 9s., his property .

JOHN GREEN. I live in Mount Pleasant, near the City-road . On Friday, the 16th of December, about eight o'clock in the morning, I found the iron-grating of the front kitchen window broken, the sash forced open, and three rabbits were gone from the hutches, which were in the kitchen; I had seen it all safe between ten and eleven o'clock the night before; the railing and sash were secure. On the 21st I found my rabbits at St. Luke's watch-house, and am sure they were mine.

Cross-examined by MR. CARRINGTON. Q. At what time your house was broken open you do not know? A. No - it was light at eight o'clock.

JOHN TWEEDY . I am an officer. On the 21st of December, about nine o'clock in the morning, I was directed to No. 3, Edmond's-place, St. Luke's; I knocked - nobody opened the door. I opened the shutters, got in, and found the two prisoners up stairs, and four rabbits running about the room - they both said they did not know where they came from.

Cross-examined. Q. Did they not say they had purchased them? A. No.(Property produced and sworn to.)

SMITH'S Defence. I bought six in all at Newgate-market.

DIMSDALE'S Defence. We gave 2s. 6d. each for them.


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