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1836: William Andrews steals some barley

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1836: William Andrews steals some barley

Reported on 3 March 1836 in Herts Mercury & Reformer

?William Andrew was charged with stealing four bushels of barley, the property of his master, Mr James Stacey, of Walkern [Walkernbury Farm].

On the 21st February, the prosecutor found one bushel of barley concealed in the chaff-house, and three bushels in the stable. A witness named Mardell saw the prisoner fetch some barley from the barn which he put into the stable; there was about four bushels, and the prisoner asked witness to help him up with it. The prosecutor?s tasker identified the barley found in the stable as the property of his master.

George Cox, blacksmith, Walkern, deposed that the prisoner brought him a key to alter, and afterwards sent a mould which he wished a key to be made from; the mould witness has since ascertained to have been made from the key of the prosecutor?s barn door.

Verdict ? Guilty.

Mr Justice Vaughan, in passing sentence, observed that the badness of the times required the property of farmers to be protected, as they could scarcely get a livelihood when honestly dealt with, much less when they had to contend with dishonesty.

The prisoner, who did not appear to have been guilty of any previous offence, was sentenced to three months? imprisonment.


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