Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 17 October 2019), February 1835, trial of CHARLES WEBSTER (t18350202-493).

CHARLES WEBSTER, Theft > simple larceny, 2nd February 1835.

493. CHARLES WEBSTER was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of January, 1 dead pig, value 20s., the goods of Thomas Hatton and another.—2nd COUNT. For stealing 52lbs. of pork.

THOMAS HATTON . I am a meat and poultry salesman in Newgate-market, and have a partner. I had six pigs delivered to me for sale on the 29th of January—about half-past five o'clock the next morning, my son gave me information, and one was gone—it weighed fifty-two pounds—it was a dead pig, which is called a porker.

CHARLES SELBOURN . I watch the market. On the night of the 29th, I saw six pigs at the prosecutor's premises—a man gave me information—I went and missed one pig—I went as far as the bottom of Holborn-hill—I found the prisoner in the watch-house, with the pig—there was a ticket inside the pig, with the name of Franklin on it.

THOMAS BATTON . On Friday morning, 30th of January, about twenty minutes to three o'clock, I was calling the time up Robin Hood-court, and observed the prisoner coming down the steps with something on his shoulder—I am a watchman—he saw my lantern, and shyed from me, and turned back—I followed, and took him—he had got a dead pig covered with a coat.

THOMAS HATTON re-examined. The pig came from Franklin's.

(The prisoner put in a written defence, stating that he was intoxicated, and had bought the pig in Newgate-street for 5s.)

(Joseph Perkins, carpenter, Ship-yard; James Clark, publican, Richmond-street; Robert Hamly; and Sarah Willet, deposed to his good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 32.— Transported for Seven Years.