Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 December 2023), March 1847, trial of CHARLES GIBSON (t18470301-765).

CHARLES GIBSON, Theft > embezzlement, 1st March 1847.

765. CHARLES GIBSON was indicted for embezzlement.

JUSTUS REITZE . I am a baker, and live in Bethnal-green-road. The prisoner came into my service on the 12th of Feb.—he had 15s. a week wages, and bread and flour, and a bed in the house—he took bread out to the customers, and was employed to receive money for me—I have a customer named Hallett—I sent some loaves of bread to her by the prisoner on the 17th of Feb., amounting to 6s. 3d.—he never accounted to me for the money for them—he never came back to me—I went to the Crooked Billet, at Hoxton, on the 19th of Feb., and gave him into custody.

Cross-examined by MR. MELLER. Q. Did you know the prisoner's father? A. Yes—I had not seen the prisoner at his father's—I had no character with him—one of my men went away, and he sent the prisoner—I do not know that the prisoner had assisted his father as a journeyman-baker—the prisoner seemed in good health when he came to me—he said, before the Magistrate, that he had a rupture—his excuse was, that he hurt himself, and did not return—I did not know where he lived—when he went away there was 4s. 6d. due to him—I do not know the address of the workman who sent the prisoner to me—he moved from one place to another—the prisoner offered to pay me when I booked the charge against him.

MARTHA HALLETT . I live in Union-street, Hope-town. On the 17th of Feb. the prisoner brought ten 4lb. loaves to me—I paid him 6s. 3d. for them—he wrote it down in this book.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he complain that he was ill? A. He sat down on a chair—he did not say he was ill—he looked very bad—I did not notice him much—he was not in the place many minutes—he put down "Paid," took the money, and went away.

CHARLES HONNISETT (police-constable K 37.) I took the prisoner at the Crooked Billet, at Hoxton—he said he was taken very ill, and that was the cause of his not returning again—that he had spoken to another man to go and finish his work, but that he did not know whether he had been.

MR. MELLER to JUSTUS REITZE. Q. What time was he to account for the money he received? A. As soon as he came home—if I had been out of the way he would have had to account to my sister—I did not see him till the 19th—he had to put down in the customers's book what he sold.

COURT. Q. How comes it that you did not owe him more than 4s. 6d.? A. It was only Monday and Tuesday's work that I owed him for, which came to 6s. 6d., and he had drawn 2s. of that—he had a little drop to drink the night before—he had been up all night—we begin work at eleven o'clock.

JURY. Q. Was the bread taken out in your basket? A. No, on a board—he had more bread to deliver, and he was not paid for that—he left the bread and the board at a chandler's shop for me.