3rd April 1837
Reference Numbert18370403-1075
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1075. CORNELIUS CONNOLLY was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of March, 38lbs. weight of lead, value 7s., the goods of George Green and others.

MESSRS. DOANE and JERNINGHAM conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM STANDARD . I am a watchman, in the employ of Messrs. Green and Wigram. On Sunday, the 12th of March, I was at the Blackwall ship-yard—after I had cried two o'clock, I heard a noise in the mast-house—I went in with my light, and sung out twice, "Who is there?" and got no answer—I then heard a voice on the roof—I came out, and got into the East India Dock-road, and met the prisoner with this lead on his shoulder, and the basket in his hand—I told him he was the person I had been looking for, and that he had been on the mast-buildings—he said, "How do you know but that there was somebody else there?"—I said,

"I don't know, but you was there for one"—he made some resistance, but I took him—there are five partners in our firm—Mr. George Green is one—the prisoner was taken to the station-house—I took the lead and basket into the yard—about a quarter of an hour elapsed between my boring the noise, and finding the lead on him.

Printer. I told him I had picked it up round the wall—he said, "I will transport you if I can—I said, "That man round the wall took it"—he said, "I don't care, I have got it."

THOMAS COBURN . I am in the employ of the East India Dock Company. On the Sunday morning early, in consequence of a noise, I went to where I found the watchman and the prisoner truggling—I left them, while I ran for Mr. Guy—I then went to assist in taking the prisoner to the top of Robin Hood-lane—he tried to get away, and we called the policeman—he said, "I will not go, you shall carry me," and we were obliged to carry him.

WILLIAM PANTLING (police-constable K 264.) On Sunday, the 12th of March, I was on duty in the East India-road—I saw three men scuffling, at the top of Robin Hood-lane—I inquired what was amiss—it was said the prisoner had stolen some load—I took him by the collar, and told him to come to the station-house—he refused to come—we were obliged to carry him—a buck-horn was found upon him with some marks on it, as if the lead had been wrenched up by it—the lead was brought by the watchman—I went to the mast-house, and a great quantity of lead had been taken off the roof.

WILLIAM GRIFFIN (police-sergeant K 11.) On the Sunday morning I went to the prosecutor's house—after that, I saw some lead produced by Standard—on the Monday morning I fitted it on the top of the mast-house—there are marks where the horn has been indented into the wood—I work, where the point has been stuck in.

Prisoner's Defence, When he spoke to me, I said, "That is the person that is round the wall; they dropped it, and I picked it up"—I had drink given to me on Saturday, by several acquaintances, and towards evening I got drunk—my wife came and found me, but I got into a squabble and lost her again—in going to the Brunswick hotel I found some lead, and I heard a man coming—I took it up—the man seized me—I was irritated, and struck him, not knowing what I was about.

GUILTY . Aged 30.

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