10th May 1847
Reference Numbert18470510-1257
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1257. JAMES MOORE was indicted for stealing 4lbs. weight of sods, value 3d.; and 2lbs. weight of white-lead, 6d.; the goods of David Halkett, and others, his masters.

HENRY DELLER (police-constable E 200.) On the 13th of May, a little after seven o'clock in the evening, I stopped the prisoner at the East India

Dock-wall—he was going towards Poplar—his hat was very awkwardly put on his head—I could see that he had got something in it, and asked what he had got in his had—he said, "Soda"—I asked what he had it for—he said, to wash his jacket and trowsers—I took it out of his hat—there were 4lbs. of it—on going to the station, he asked leave to make water—I allowed him to do so—close by that place there is a gate six feet high—I did not see what he did there.

Prisoner. Q. How far did you stand from me when I made water? A. I might have been six fee, I do not think it was more—I saw nothing else about you from the time I walked with you form the East India Docks till that time—I did not suspect you had got anything else.

ROBERT THOMPSON . I am a stoker, and live at No. 2, White Hart-place, Robin Hood-lane. I saw the prisoner in Dellar's custody—I saw him go to a watering-place, and put a small case over the gate—I picked it up and gave it to the policeman—this is it—(produced.)

Prisoner. Q. How far did you stand from me when you saw me threw it over the gate? A. About as far as I am from the door—I was standing below Belton's—I did not take notice whether you had anything about you at the time.

DAVID DOUGAL . I am an engineer, in the service of the Herne Bay Steam-boat Company—they have a shop on the outside of the East India Docks—the prisoner was employed there—his right time for leaving was seven o'clock—there was some soda in casks, in the shop, the property of the Company—I know David Halkett—he has no other name that I know of—he is one of the Directors of the Company—there are so such cases of white-lead as this produced, there—we do keep white-lead.

Prisoner. Q. Do you think it possible for me to take a case like that, and go up stairs, and fill it, without five or six men seeing me do it? A. It is very improbable, and I should think it would have been all over your hands.

Prisoner to HENRY DELLER. Q. How many hours was it before that box was brought to the station? A. I did not hear of it till nine o'clock, but the✗ policeman had had it some time then—he kept it in his possession some✗ hours—he is not here.

JURY to DAVID DOUGAL. Q. Would the prisoner be allowed to take any soda? A. We allow the men to take soda to wash their clothes, but it is not customary to take it home.

COURT. Q. He might, I suppose, if he could wash his clothes more conveniently at home? A. Yes.


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