2nd January 1843
Reference Numbert18430102-490
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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490. THOMAS HOLMES was indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of Dec, 1 wrench, value 1s.; 1 drill, 1s.; 1 screw-driver, 1s.; 1 soldering-iron, 1s.; 1 chisel, 5s.; and 1 hammer, 1s.; the goods of William Cubitt, his master.

GEORGE GOTTS GOLDING . I am foreman to Mr. William Cubitt, in his smith's shop. He had this wrench and other articles safe—I saw them some time in December—I cannot tell when they were missed—they are marked with Mr. Cubitt's name—I have no doubt these are his tools—I missed them when the pawnbroker brought them on the 22nd of Dec.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. You do not remember seeing any of these tools at any period? A. I have seen the prisoner using some of them within a month of the time—the usual work-hours are from six o'clock in the morning till seven in the evening—the men have no work at home—the prisoner told me he lived in Tothill-street—I asked him to repair a stove for me, but it was not begun—if he had done it at all it would have been done in the shop—he would not have wanted any of these tools, and it could not have been done without a forge—it was to make a new front to a grate.

WILLIAM PENNY . I am a police-inspector. I went to the prisoner's house, and found this large chisel with "William Cubitt" on it, and this ham-mer and a quantity of other things not marked.

JAMES MOSELEY . I am in the employ of a pawnbroker. I produce a drill, wrench, and screw-driver, pawned on the 22nd of Dec. by a woman who gave the name of Holmes, No. 2, Tothill-street.


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