Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 January 2022), November 1840, trial of BENJAMIN WILDEY (t18401123-111).

BENJAMIN WILDEY, Theft > simple larceny, 23rd November 1840.

111. BENJAMIN WILDEY . was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of November, 1 hand-vice, value 5s., the goods of George Redgrave.

GEORGE REDGRAVE . I work for Mr. Creswick, a composition frame-maker, in Compton-street, Soho; the prisoner also worked there. I missed a band-vice from the factory, and afterwards saw it offered for sale at O'Brien's, in Monmouth-street—(produced)—this is it.

JOHN O'BRIEN . I am a general-dealer. I bought this vice of the prisoner for 1s. on the 10th of November.

Prisoner's Defence. I was cleaning out the place alter the prosecutor had left the service, and found the vice—I thought as he bad taken all his tools away, that he did not want it, and as he did not come back for it, I certainly did sell it, but not with any intention of stealing it.

GUILTY . Aged 18,— Confined Three Months.