2nd April 1838
Reference Numbert18380402-939
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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939. WILLIAM ANDERSON was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of March, lib. 12oz. weight of brass, value 1s.; 1 hammer head, value 1s.; and 1 saw, value 6d.; the goods of David Magson, his master.

DAVID MAOSON . I live at No. 60, Leather-lane, and am an engineer. I employed the prisoner as a carpenter, to remove my goods from fleet-street to Leather-lane on the 8th of March—he was going out—in consequence of some suspicion, I asked him to go and drink with me, and when he went from the public-house, I thought he looked very bulky and I followed him—I gave him into custody—the property was found in the privy—he gave me the hammer head in the street—I saw the brass in the shop that day—it was safe about breakfast time—it was found about one o'clock at the Robin Hood, in Leather-lane—the next door to where I have a factory—there was no occasion for him to take it—these things are mine—(looking at them.)

JONATHAN DAVID MAGSON . My father sent; me for a policeman—I went into the privy, and found these things—the prisoner appeared sober—I had seen the saw in the shop that morning.

Prisoner. These things were brought and left in the street all night and there were other men working.

DAVID MAOOON re-examined. I had a great deal of property in the yard, and some van loads were left outside, but I know this piece of brass was seen in the shop that morning.

Prisoner. His things were brought from his other place, and were left in the mews all night—he was so drunk that the Magistrate would not hear him. Witness. I was an hour with him, and had a glass with him, because I was in hopes he would disgorge what he had.

Prisoner's Defence. I was searched and nothing was on me, and my house was searched and nothing was found—there were half-a-dozen working in the place as well as me.


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