11th June 1829
Reference Numbert18290611-34
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1033. RICHARD PRINGLE was indicted for stealing, on the 22d of April , 1 hat, value 5s.; 1 pair of shoes, value 2s.; 2 shirts, value 7s.; 1 pair of stockings, value 1s., and 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of James Mason : 1 coat, value 10s.; 1 waistcoat, value 5s., and 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Owen Connell ; and 1 bed tick, value 7s. , the goods of Thomas Boyle .

JAMES MASON . On the 22d of April, about eight o'clock in the evening, I missed a pair of shoes, a pair of stockings, and other things from my sleeping-room, on the third floor at the Robin Hood public-house, in Church-street, St. Giles' ; the prisoner was pot-boy there - some of my articles were hanging up, and some were on the table; I saw them safe about six o'clock in the morning: I think the prisoner has one of my shirts on now.

OWEN CONNELL . I slept in the same room; I missed a coat, a waistcoat, and a handkerchief, which I had seen safe about half-past four o'clock that morning; he said he sold my coat in Rose-lane, for 3s., and the other things in Mommouth-street.

THOMAS BOYLE . I keep the Robin Hood. The prisoner was in my service; he had a linen tick to throw over his bed, which was taken the same day - he left me without notice: I took him myself on the 9th of May; he had Mason's shirt on - he said he would pay for the articles at 2s. per week, but the Magistrate would not permit it; he had been with me two or three months.

Prisoner's Defence. I was out of work for eight or nine months; the prosecutor took me in to clean pots, and gave me my victuals; I heard of a place, and I had not got a stitch of clothes on my back, so I went into the room, and took the things - I did work for a fortnight, but I did not leave the neighbourhood; I was only in the next street: I sent two notes to offer to pay for the things - there were better articles, which I did not take.

GUILTY . Aged 22.

Recommended to Mercy by the Prosecutor and Jury.

Confined Three Weeks .

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