22nd August 1842
Reference Numbert18420822-2431
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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2431. WILLIAM FOX was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of July, 1 piece of wood, value 2s., the goods of John Adam, in a certain barge, on the navigable river Thames.

FREDERICK WHITE . I am a waterman, and live in Gardiner's-row, Chelsea. This boat-seat belongs to John Adams, a shoemaker, at Chelsea—I had charge of his boat—I missed the seat on Friday evening, and it was found next morning—the boat was lying at Cheyne-wharf, Chelsea.

Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. This was on a pier, was it not? A. Yes—I placed it on the pier for safety—it belongs to the boat—I missed it from the floating pier—it is an erection on the barges—the wood was put under the barges' head—persons go over them to get into the boats.

HENRY KIMBER (police-constable V 20.) On Saturday I received information that there were some boards taken from the floating pier—I went to the prisoner's house, and there found this board.

Cross-examined. Q. You went to his house when he was not at home? A. Yes—it was standing up in a back-yard—he bus got a small house,

of five rooms—I believe there are lodgers—he had as much access to the yard as to any other part of the house.

CHARLES BUNTING . I live in Manor-place, King's-road, Chelsea. On the morning of the 30th I saw the prisoner at Cheyne-wharf—there is a pier there, made of two barges fastened together—I saw the prisoner go on the barges, stoop down, and pick up the seat of the boat—I was not above four yards from him—he went away for five minutes, then came back and took them with him—there was this piece and two other thin pieces of wood.

Cross-examined. Q. What time was this? A. Six o'clock—there was nobody there—the pier is a couple of barges—they are aground at low tide, and afloat at high-water—they are fastened together with a chain—there are some long planks on the barges, which are nailed to a wooden platform on shore—I do not know the prisoner—I did not speak to him—he went on very coolly about it—he might have seen me.


JAMES VINE . I live in George-street, Sloane-square. I have known the prisoner upwards of thirty years—he has borne a good character, and has been many years in the employ of Messrs. Cubitt—I know he is subject to fits of absence of mind—I have known him to eat an ale-glass before now—I saw him do it in a public-house over Haggerstone-bridge—he eat the whole of the glass, bottom and all.

GUILTY . Aged 66.— Confined Ten Days.

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