22nd June 1826
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1179. JOHN PEACHEY was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of June , 1 chair, value 8s. , the goods of Samuel Sheen .

SAMUEL SHEEN. I live in Leman-street, Goodman's-fields , and am a furnishing undertaker . I was sitting at my door at a quarter before twelve o'clock at night, on the 14th of June; I went into my parlour to light my pipe, and when I returned I missed the chair from my door - the prisoner was stopped with it, in about five minutes, at the corner of Great Alie-street, by the watchman.

Cross-examined by Mr. BARRY. Q. Had you shut up your shop? A. Yes; I do not think it was later than twelve o'clock; he was perfectly sober.

ELEANOR SHEEN . I am the prosecutor's wife. I was in Leman-street, and met the prisoner with the chair in his hand, about nine doors from our house; I went home and found a chair was missing; I told my husband where he was gone. I am certain he is the man - he had no hat on.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you stop him? A. Yes; with the watchman; he had put it down then, and was resting his elbow on it - he was sober - there was a man and woman with him, but no one sitting in the chair. He was alone when I met him.

GEORGE HEARN . I am a watchman. I was in Alie-street on the night of the 14th of June, calling the hour of twelve o'clock, when I saw the prisoner with his arm on the chair, in Little Alie-street, and hearing of Mr. Sheen losing the chair, I stopped him; Mrs. Sheen came up, and said it was hers; I took him to the watch-house - there was a man and woman alongside of him - he said he took the chair from a tall man. Mrs. Sheen said "You are the man who took the chair under your arm."

Cross-examined. Q. Did you take the other man? A. No; there was no charge against him; the prisoner complained, in going to the watch-house, that he had lost his hat - first he said in a row, and then he said he had lost it in Rupert-street - he then said he had left it at home - he did not seem at all tipsy.

RICHARD PLUNKET . I am watch-house-keeper. The prisoner was brought to me with the chair - he did not appear to be drunk - when I went to him in the morning, he said "I am not drunk now - I can answer for myself."

Cross-examined. Q. Did you ask him any questions the night before? A. No; I do not know what he meant by the expression.

Prisoner's Defence. I was very much intoxicated, and do not know any thing of it.

JURY to SAMUEL SHEEN. Q. Was the street light or dark? Q. Quite light - he could not have stumbled over the chair - it was beside the step, and before the shop window - the pavement is seven or eight feet wide.

GUILTY . Aged 30.

Confined Three Months .

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