27th February 1843
Reference Numbert18430227-947
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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947. MICHAEL SULLIVAN was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of Feb., 14oz. weight of copper, value 8d., the goods of Joseph Miller and others, his masters.

WILLIAM WALTON . I am in the service of Joseph Miller and three others—the prisoner was in their service, and worked under me, at Poplar. At a quarter-past five o'clock in the evening of the 4th of Feb. I saw this piece of copper safe—I missed it—it is Mr. Miller's and others—there is the mark of a splash of lead on it, and I know it by the size of it.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Have you not other pieces of the same shape, size, and weight? A. No—it is for casting plugs—I saw it last

on Saturday afternoon—the prisoner was assisting the man who used it—I did not leave this in his possession—it was lying on the pit—I left about fire men there—that was the last time I saw the copper—I had noticed this lead on it before I used it.

JOHN DAVIS (police-constable K 94.) I was on duty at half-past five o'clock this evening—I saw the prisoner coming up Robin Hood-lane—he looked hard at me, and passed me—I heard some one opposite give a sort of whistle—I turned round, and saw the prisoner turn from the door of a marine store shop, to which he had got—I followed, and asked what he had got; he said, nothing—I took him into the marine store shop, and was about to search him—he pulled this out of his right-hand trowsers pocket, and said, this is all I have got—he said he found it—I asked where he worked; he said at Mr. Pitching's—I went, and found it was not true—I afterwards found that he worked for the prosecutors.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Three Months.

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