Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 17 October 2019), November 1844, trial of ROBERT RACKHAM EDWARD SMITH (t18441125-116).

ROBERT RACKHAM, EDWARD SMITH, Theft > stealing from master, 25th November 1844.

116. ROBERT RACKHAM and EDWARD SMITH were indicted for stealing, on the 31st of Oct., 4 herrings, value 3/4 lb. weight of bacon, 4d.; and 1/4 lb. weight of lard, 2d., the goods of Richard Cook, the master of Rackham; to which

RACKHAM pleaded GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined One Month .

JOHN FIELD . I am in the service of Richard Cook, who has two shops, one in Constitution-row, and the other at Pindar-place—I am servant at the Pindar-place shop, which is a fishmonger's—the other shop is a cheesemonger's—Rackham was my master's errandboy, and was employed ployed at both shops—my master's stable is at the back of the Pindar-place shop. On Wednesday, the 30th of Oct., I hung up in the stable a basket which had nothing in it—the next morning I found the basket hanging there still, and it had six herrings, and some bacon and lard in it—on the Friday morning I showed the articles to my master—the basket was hanging still in the stable—I looked over my stock, and missed several herrings—the bacon and lard were not under my care—about a quarter past ten o'clock at night on the 4th of Nov. I saw Smith standing at the corner of the gateway, and he and Rackham went down to the stable to feed the horse—my master was then on the opposite side of the way, and I was at the corner of the shop—in about twenty minutes I saw the prisoners come out of the stable, and Smith had the basket with him—each of them bid one another good night, and Rackham went into the shop, and Smith went away—I called him back and asked him what he had got in the basket—he said he had got nothing—I took it from him, and found these things—I asked him where he got them—he said he bought them in the street—I brought him back to the shop and my master came in—Rackham owned to his guilt, and Smith said he had received things on two different occasions before from Rackham.

THOMAS LOFTS (police-constable G 157.) I took both the prisoners, and have the basket with the articles in it—Smith said at the station that he had been on two previous occasions and received things from Rackham.

JOHN FIELD re-examined. These are the articles—I had marked them on the Saturday, and they were taken on the Monday.

Smith. I am sorry for what has happened; I did not know they were stolen; I did not mention about receiving any before.

SMITH— NOT GUILTY .