Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 December 2021), September 1839, trial of CHARLES LEDGER (t18390916-2463).

CHARLES LEDGER, Theft > simple larceny, 16th September 1839.

2463. CHARLES LEDGER was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of August, 1 boiler, value 6s., the goods of James Perkins.

ALFRED HICKS . I am pot-boy to Mr. James Perkins, at the Wellington public-house, Cornwall-street, St. George's. On the 19th of August, about half-past one o'clock, I went into the room where I clean the pott, and found the prisoner there putting a copper boiler into a bag—I asked what he was going to do with it—he told me to hold my noise, and he would make it right with me—he wiped his hands with the bag, and tried to pass the boiler more into the bag—he walked out of the room, leaving the pot behind him with the sack—mistress followed him, and asked what he was going to do there—he said he was going to do nothing, and to let him go, it was all right—a policeman was fetched—this is the pot—(looking at it)—it is my master's—it is used to boil the other pots in—the sack does not belong to the house.

JOSEPH EADY . I am a policeman. I took the prisoner into custody—he denied all knowledge of it.

Prisoner's Defence. It was a wet day, and I went into the public-house—the landlady saw that I had no bag in my,, possession—I went through into the yard, and was coming back wiping my hands with the bag when the pot-boy saw me—it is impossible I could bring that pot trough the house without people seeing me.

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Three Months.