Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 01 December 2021), May 1822, trial of AMBROSE FOLKER (t18220522-98).

AMBROSE FOLKER, Theft > grand larceny, 22nd May 1822.

862. AMBROSE FOLKER was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of May , 40 lbs. of hemp, value 12 s. , the goods of William Dunbar , Jun.

WILLIAM DUNBAR , JUN. I live in Mount-street, Whitechapel.

RICHARD CARTER . I am a constable. On the 19th of May at six o'clock I saw the prisoner in Mill-yard, Rosemary-lane, with this bag of hemp; he said he brought it from his master's in Red Lion-street, and was going home. I took him to the office. He threw it down and refused to carry it - I said if he did not I would handcuff him, he then took it up. Shields came up; he then said he was taking it to a man, whom he did not know.

JOHN SHIELDS . I found Carter with the prisoner, and asked him where he got it, he said from Mrs. Essex's son, Red Lion-street, and was taking it to Stepney, but he did not know the man.

ELIZA ESSEX . The prisoner was once in my employ; I gave him no hemp.

JAMES ESSEX . I am Mrs. Essex's son. I gave him no hemp.

FRANCIS BATCHELOR . I am a servant to Mr. Dunbar; he has some sheds in Gower's walk , and on Monday morning about seven o'clock, I found the staple of the lock drawn, and missed this hemp, which was safe on Sunday night, at six o'clock.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I have a wife and four children.

GUILTY . Aged 39.

Recommended to Mercy.

Confined Six Months .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.