Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 February 2023), January 1838, trial of WILLIAM RAVER (t18380101-317).

WILLIAM RAVER, Theft > shoplifting, 1st January 1838.

317. WILLIAM RAVER was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of December, 48lbs. weight of mutton, value 1l. 4s., the goods of Daniel Cork.

DANIEL CORK . I live in Leadenhall-market, and am a meat salesman. The property in question was produced to me by the officer—it was the same that had been in my shop, and was unsold—my man can identify it better than me.

JOHN GRIMES . I was on duty in Leadenhall-market, on the afternoon of the 19th of December—I observed the prisoner on Mr. Cork's premises—I saw him go away hastily—I followed, and took him, and found on him a piece of mutton weighing about the weight that Mr. Cork has

stated—it is what the butchers term a pair of hind quarters—I asked him what he had got there—he said "Nothing"—I said, "Come back"—I brought him back, and detained him—one of the men knocked at Mr. Cork's door, and he said he had missed a pair of hind quarters of mutton.

HENRY WEBB . I am in Mr. Cork's employ. I saw the hind quarten which the officer took from the prisoner—I left them safe at one o'clock, when I went away, and the next morning they were gone—I can swear to them—they were worth about 24s.—I saw the mutton before the Magistrate.

Prisoner. I was unfortunate once, but returned about five yean ago—I was out of work, and was driven to it by distress, and the fear of having my goods seized—I have a wife and one child.

GUILTY *. Aged 33.— Confined Three Months.