Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 10 May 2021), October 1819, trial of THOMAS NEELAND GEORGE WIGGLEDOM EDWARD HARMER (t18191027-83).

THOMAS NEELAND, GEORGE WIGGLEDOM, EDWARD HARMER, Theft > animal theft, 27th October 1819.

1459. THOMAS NEELAND , GEORGE WIGGLEDOM , and EDWARD HARMER were indicted for stealing, on the 19th of October , five live tame pigeons, price 3 s.; three live tame ducks, price 3 s., and one live tame fowl, price 2 s. , the property of Elijah Forsyth .

ELIJAH FORSYTH . I live at Muswell-hill, Hornsey . On the 19th of October, about seven o'clock in the morning, I went into my yard, and missed five pigeons, three ducks, and a fowl, which were safe about six o'clock the evening before. The ducks and fowls were generally in the yard.

WILLIAM DAVENPORT . I am a Bow-street patrol. On the 19th of October, about four o'clock in the morning, I was on the top of Muswell-hill, with Izard and Brooks, leading to Finchley-common, and saw the three prisoners coming along the road. A few yards before I got up to them, I saw two of their hands move, and something go from them - Brooks and I went to the ditch. I found two small pigeons in a small bag, in the ditch, and Brooks found one pigeon - we secured the prisoners; Izard pulled a pair of pigeons out of Neeland's pocket, who said he was going to fly them home to Essex as soon as he got work; they said they were going to Winchmore-hill. The ducks were found next morning.

Prisoner HARMER. Q. Did I throw any thing away - A. I do not know. They were all in company.

THOMAS IZARD . I am a patrol. I was with Davenport, and met the prisoners - they threw something into the ditch. I searched Neeland, and found two live pigeons in his pocket; he said he had brought them from Essex, and was going to fly them home - their wings were cut. They could not fly.

WILLIAM CHARLES BROOKS . I was with Izard, and saw Neeland throw something into the ditch. I found a live pigeon there, and secured him. I found a knife on him, which was bloody. There was a fourth man in company.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

HARMER'S Defence. I was only in their company half an hour.



HARMER - GUILTY . Aged 19.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.