Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 December 2023), November 1834, trial of JAMES CLARKSON (t18341124-192).

JAMES CLARKSON, Theft > animal theft, 24th November 1834.

192. JAMES CLARKSON was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of October, at Wands worth, 1 goose, value 5s., the goods of Thomas Flavell.

WILLIAM HALL . I am a labourer, and live on Wandsworth-common. On Saturday, the 25th of October, I saw the prisoner in Mr. Rough's hedge, about half-past one o'clock, driving a goose into the ditch—the prisoner followed it into the ditch, and was there about five minutes—he then rose up before me with the goose under his arm, tied in a handkerchief—it was then dead—I followed him—he threw it down—I took it up and gave it to Flavell, who took the prisoner shortly after.

THOMAS FLAVELL . I am a labourer, and live on Wandsworth-common. Hall produced a goose to me, dead—it was worth 5s.—I had turned it out that morning, about seven o'clock—it was my property—I took the prisoner into custody myself—he acknowledged it all to me.

THOMAS BICKNELL . I am inspector of the V division of the police, stationed at Wandsworth. On Saturday, the 25th of October, the prisoner was brought to me, in custody, by Flavell, who produced a goose—it was still warm—I have the claws.

THOMAS FLAVELL re-examined. These are the claws of my goose.

Prisoner's Defence. The goose was dead when I found it in the hedge.

GUILTY. Aged 21.—Recommended to mercy .— Confined Three Months.

Fourth Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.