Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 October 2022), October 1856, trial of TIMOTHY CARTER (t18561027-980).

TIMOTHY CARTER, Theft > burglary, 27th October 1856.

980. TIMOTHY CARTER , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Pestle, at St. Mary, Islington, and stealing therein 18lbs. weight of pork, 2lbs. weight of sugar, 1 kettle, and other articles, value 1l. 0s. 2d.; his property.

JOHN PESTLE . I keep the Brandon Arms, King's-cross, and live there On Saturday night, 13th Oct., I locked up my how at 12 o'clock, everything was fastened—I was called up about 5 o'clock or half past, went down stairs, and the side door was open, and the bar door broken open—the window was propped up, so that they could get in after unfastening it—I mined part of a loin of pork, some farthings, halfpence, two pounds of candles, a fillet of pork, a copper tea kettle, and part of a box of cheroots—this (produced) is the tea kettle, I soldered it myself.

Prisoner. Q. Was not there a young girl at your place on Saturday night till 11 o'clock? A. No, the was there in the afternoon, but not after 5 or 6 o'clock, to my knowledge.

WILLIAM CARVELL . I am a bricklayer. In consequence of what Mr. Pestle said to me, I went to the prisoner's house on Sunday morning, about 10 minutes to 1 o'clock, the morning after the robbery—I told him that he was accused of a robbery, and provided he would give up the copper tea kettle, there would be no more said about it—he gave me the kettle, and I left him—he brought it from a hone lower down, not from his own house.

Prisoner. I did not give you the kettle at all. Witness You did; you went to another house and got it, and I gave you a blue handkerchief out of my pocket to tie it up in—you brought it to me in the blue handkerchief and said that you had not done it, but you knew those who did—I do not know who lived at the other house.

SARAH CARVELL . I am the sister of the last witness, and lived in the same house as the prisoner—I went there to nurse his young woman, and was taken very bad there, and could not be removed—I first saw this kettle there on Sunday morning, between 8 and 9 o'clock, also some pork, cheese, cigars, and moist sugar, none of which I had seen the previous night—the prisoner was at home when I went home the night before just upon 12 o'clock, and in the morning, when I saw the articles there, he was in bed.

Prisoner. Q. Did not you tell Thomas Dicker that he could get some money, for the landlord and landlady were drunk? A. No—on that morning your young woman gave me warning, and my brother took me away on the Sunday night.

JURY. Q. What time did you leave on Saturday night? A. Just about dusk—I went to my father, who lives at Belle Isle—he was at Mr. Pestle's, and I was waiting with him—I did not go home with him—it was just upon 12 o'clock when I left Mr. Pestle's.

LUKE JAMBS TOMBLIN . I took the prisoner into custody—he said that he was guilty, and when he came out he would put half Belle Isle away, meaning that he would cause half the people to be taken into custody.

(The prisoner's statement before the Magistrate was have read as follows: "I did it for want; it was hunger that drove me to it.")

GUILTY . ** Aged 22.—(See Fourth Court, Friday.)