5th April 1827
Reference Numbert18270405-79
VerdictNot Guilty

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832. CORNELIUS KELCHAR was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of March , 1 coat, value 30s. , the goods of Thomas Boyle .

THOMAS BOYLE. I keep the Robin Hood public house, Church-street, St. Giles . This coat was in my bed-room drawer; the prisoner came in to drink about ten o'clock at night; I was called by a young man, who caught him in my bed-room. I went up, and met him on the stairs; he knocked me down, and rushed out, leaving his hat and handkerchief behind. Mason took the coat from him; he was taken a fortnight afterwards.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. How long have you known him? A. Five or six years; I have two daughters - I never knew of his courting either of them - the eldest is only fourteen years old; she has lost one eye, and nearly another; she was in the bar with me when I was called. I never heard of Mason being my daughter's sweatheart - I do not think he would have her - I never desired Mason to write to the prisoner - I found two of my drawers open, and the coat gone.

JAMES MASON . I live at Boyle's - he sleeps in the first floor back-room - I found the prisoner in the front room - I had been watching him, and saw him drop this coat on the floor and put the candle out - I am sure I saw the coat in his hand - he had no business in the room - I tried to lock the door on him, but the key was not there - he rushed out - I called Boyle - he threw Boyle down on the stairs and got out, leaving his hat and handkerchief behind.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you not a suitor to Boyle's daughter? A. I am not - she is only fourteen years old, I am twenty-seven or thirty - I never employed one Sparkes to write a letter for me.

FRANCIS REYNOLDS . I am a watchman. I took the prisoner in charge on the 31st, at a house opposite Boyle's.

MAURICE CONNEL . I apprehended the prisoner; he said if Boyle locked him up he would be the man to bring him out again.

Prisoner's Defence. I was drinking up in Boyle's front room with about twenty-five people - he came up and insisted upon my going out; I said I would as soon as I had finished my beer; he said if I did not go he would kick me down; he knocked my hat off and kicked me - he opened his door between eleven and twelve o'clock and threw me out one handkerchief; I called for my hat and other handkerchief a fortnight afterwards, and he gave me in charge.

T. BOYLE re-examined. He did not call for it, he sent a woman for it, and he was apprehended.

THOMAS DONOVAN . I am a labourer, and live in George

street, St. Giles. I was at Boyle's on the 19th of March - he turned the prisoner out, and said that next time he found him there he would break his neck - I heard nothing about theft.

COURT. Q. How came he to leave his hat and handkerchief behind? A. I know nothing of that - we were in the club-room - there are no drawers there.

ROBERT FITZGERALD . I am a labourer, and live in Fitzroy-market. I was in Boyle's club-room one night when Mason and the prisoner quarrelled - I heard Miss Boyle, who was on the landing-place, tell Mason to hold his mouth, for her father was coming up - I do not know what that meant - I saw Boyle turn the prisoner out of the club room - he charged him with no theft.

COURT. Q. Will you swear he was not charged with going into the bed-room? A. He only told him to go out of the house - I cannot say how long he had been in the club-room - he might have gone into another room without my knowledge - I have seen him in the club-room since this matter happened - I do not know what Mason and him quarrelled about.


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