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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:52 am 
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Saturday 7 January 1832

Thomas Smith, 31, was charged with stealing at Burnley, on the 7th November last, three sovereigns, and one pair of garters, the property of Joseph Glegg. The prosecutor was, on the night in question, in a state of intoxication, when being observed by the prisoner, he was invited by him to go into his cellar, where he found also the prisoner's wife and children. He was induced to take off his gaiters, and lie down to refresh himself. About twelve o'clock, after he had slept, he was turned out, on the plea that the female was taken in labour, and that the doctor must be brought. He had three sovereigns in his pocket, and some silver. He missed the sovereigns but not the silver. The prisoner afterwards changed a sovereign at a beer-shop, and stated that he had recieved it for wages. He did not change another sovereign. When apprehended, no money was found upon him. The prisoner, on cross-questioning the prosecutor, said that he had given him the sovereign in mistake for a shilling, as he supposed, when he left the cellar. He had before been imprisoned for felony for six months; and the sentence of the Court was that he should be transported beyond the seas for the term of 14 years

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:47 am 
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Saturday 7th January 1832

Martha Pollard, 32, pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing at Burnley, a pair of shoes, the property of James Schofield, and was sentenced to one month's imprisonment and hard labour

John Hargreaves (about 17) was charged with stealing two shirts, the property of Mr. Campbell, of the Tim Bobbin public house, near Burnley. The prisoner was apprehended only the day before his trial. He was frequently employed by the prosecutor, and had on one of the shirts when he was apprehended. -Guilty- He had been before imprisoned for stealing turnips, and was sentenced to 3 months' hard labour, and to be once severely whipped.

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Saturday 7th January 1832

William Windle, 25, pleaded guilty to stealing twelve half-crowns, and ten shillings, the property of William Hardcastle. The prisoner was a local preacher in one of the Methodist connexions. He was at the school-house at Trawden, on the day in question, (a Sunday,) and was to be the preacher himself on the same evening. During the forenoon service, however, while the family were all absent but a girl, he went into a lower appartment, and took the money out of a box. Having dropped some of it, the girl heard the noise, and came down, but did not then suspect what he had done. The money was however missed, and at the meeting in the evening the matter was mentioned, and he was delicately asked to produce what money he had, and if the amount did not tally with that which was lost, he might stand acquitted. He denied the robbery, and produced the money, which was not the exact amount, and which was left on the table to see if he would lift it, he being still suspected. He did so, and went away, but, as some stonement for his offence, he afterwards returned, and gave it back to the party to whom it belonged. The learned Chairman commented in strong terms on the disgraceful conduct of the prisoner, in taking advantage of the confidence reposed in him, and hoped that his returning the money would prove the commencement of a sincere repentance. The sentence of the Court was that he should be kept to hard labour for 12 calendar months.

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