Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 September 2022), January 1873, trial of FREDERICK CARTER (24) (t18730113-145).

FREDERICK CARTER, Theft > theft from a specified place, 13th January 1873.

145. FREDERICK CARTER (24) , Stealing one barrow, the property of Frederick James Chatfield.

MR. MEAD conducted the Prosecution.

FREDERICK JAMES CHATFIELD . I am a wood hawker, of Deptford—on 26th December I saw my wheelbarrow safe in my yard, and missed it the next afternoon, between 4 and 5 o'clock—it is worth 30s.—I saw it again at Mr. Marion's.

Prisoner. Q. Did you ever see me before? A. No; but I know that you and your friend, John Roland, were in my yard on Boxing Day—I have had a note from Roland's father and mother, saying that if I looked after you I should find the barrow, and that I should find it at Croydon—I have had a fortnight's trouble about it, and I have walked one hundred miles after it—I do not know where Roland is.

HENRY MARION . I am a wheelwright, of Croydon—I know the prisoner—on Friday evening, 27th December, he opened my door and said, "Harry, will you buy a barrow?"—there was another man with him whom I did not know—I said, "I don't want no barrow; I have trouble enough with what I have got; what do you want for it?"—he said "15s."—I said, "Perhaps it is stolen"—he said, "You have known me long enough to know I should not do that"—I have known him two years—he said, "I should not sell it, only I am hard up"—I asked the man with him if it was his—he said, "Yes," and that he had bought it at Tunbridge Wells—the prisoner said that the other man picked him up at Norwood, and asked him if he could sell the barrow—I paid 12s. for it, and I think I paid it to the prisoner, and gave him 1s. for himself, because the strange man never came inside my shop—they placed the barrow in front of my shop, and I went indoors; when I came out again it was gone—I ran along the road, received information, and found the barrow thrown over an embankment—I took it home, and kept it for a week.

Prisoner. Q. Did not you state at Croydon that you paid John Roland the money? A. No; I was not asked—I did state at Deptford that I did not know which of you I paid it to, but I am since of opinion that I gave the money into your hands, because the other man was in the road.

JOHN PANTON (Policeman W). I took the prisoner on 5th January, and charged him with stealing a barrow—he said, "Harry Marion has got the barrow; I was over at Deptford on Boxing Day with John Roland, and the barrow was sold—I thought it belonged to John Roland.

Prisoner's Defence. I was tried for this at Croydon, and got acauitted. I have no previous convictions against me. I saw Roland with the barrow, and thought it was his.

HENRY MARION (re-examined) "After I had purchased the barrow I went out in a quarter of an hour, and it was gone—I charged the prisoner at Croydon Police Court with stealing it from me, and he was acquitted of that.

NOT GUILTY .