Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 September 2020), July 1852, trial of DANIEL BANKS (t18520705-739).

DANIEL BANKS, Theft > simple larceny, 5th July 1852.

739. DANIEL BANKS , stealing 16 lbs. weight of cheese, value 8s.; the goods of George Sibley: 2nd Count, of James Harris.

JAMES HARRIS . I am a labourer, in the service of George Sibley, of Cowley—I fetched a cheese for him last Saturday night, and was going home with it—I sat down by the side of the road, and dropped off to sleep just before 12 o'clock—when I awoke at nearly 3 in the morning the cheese was gone, this is it—I know it by the marks on the top—I got it from Uxbridge.

JOHN JAMES HUDSON . I sold this cheese to the last witness.

RICHARD HUDSON (policeman, T 272). I was at Hillingdon, last Saturday night—I saw the prisoner about half past 2 o'clock coming from Uxbridge, about 100 yards from where the witness fell asleep—he had something on his shoulder, I asked him what it was—he said something he had bought for his moulder, and he lived at Starveall, that is at the brickfields, and he gave him a half sovereign—I said, "What did you give for this cheese"—he said, he did not know—I said, "Your story seems very strange, come with me to the station"—I then said, "Had you any more than the half sovereign which your moulder gave you"—he said, "No"—I said, "How much have you left"—he said, "Two shillings"—he said, "I got drunk"—I searched him and found four shillings more on him, making six shillings out of the half sovereign—in the morning, when we had found an owner for the cheese, he said he had found it.

GUILTY .— Confined One Month.