27th May 1830
Reference Numbert18300527-166
VerdictNot Guilty

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1197. RICHARD LEE was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of May , 1 sovereign, 9 shillings, and 4 sixpences , the monies of James Barker .

JAMES BARKER . I live in Robinhood-lane, Poplar . On the 23rd of April I put 31s. into a jug, in a cupboard in a room which we do not make use of, when I got up in the

morning, and missed it the next day. I am a bricklayer . The prisoner lodged with me - my wife said, "I think Lee has the money, he has spent a great deal;" I went to a public-house, and brought him home - he denied it, but said, "If you think I have robbed you, charge an officer with me."

SELINA BARKER . I am the prosecutor's daughter. I was playing with my little brother in the parlour, and saw the prisoner with the jug in his hand, which had the money in it; there were some bills on top, and he took them out - this was between eleven and twelve o'clock, two days before I went to the Magistrate.

JOHN PEACOCK . I took the prisoner on the Saturday evening, and found on him 4s. 6d. in silver, and 8d. in copper - I said, "This is a serious charge; what have you to say?" he said, "What I have to say I shall say in another place;" I found some papers in his jacket pocket - I said,"I must take them;" he said I should not, but he gave them up - he acknowledged before the Magistrate that he took the money, thinking it was his own, as he had received 10l. a short time before. 5l. he paid his landlord, and the other 5l. he thought he must have hidden, and thought this was it - he said he had taken half a crown on the Friday, and as that was not asked for he thought it must be his, and on Saturday he took the remainder.

JAMES BARKER. He had paid me 5l. 2s. 6d. for board and lodging, but he owned me 7l. odd still - he received 10l., and spent the rest; I do not know whether my bills were in that jug.

SELINA BARKER. He saw me in the parlour - he was neither sober nor drunk; I did not tell him he was doing wrong - I did not know the money was in the jug.


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