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Joseph and Henry Emmerson charged for stealing pork. Joseph Emmerson charged with stealing an ivory-handled carving-knife.

The Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Herald, 6th January 1874


January 6, 1874.
[Page] 7

Borough Petty Session, Bury, Jan. 1.

Monday Jan. 5.

[Before the Mayor (C. D. Leech, Esq.) and G. P. Clay, Esq.]
CHARGE OF STEALING PORK.Joseph Emerson, 58, and Henry Emerson, 18, father and son, both labourers, living in St. Martin's-place, Long Brackland, were charged with stealing 10 1/2  lbs. of pork, value 6s., the property of John Manning, of the Britannia Inn, Long Brackland, on Friday, the 2nd inst.- John Manning, the prosecutor, identified the pork produced as his property. He knew it by the cut, and said he had the other side at his house. He missed it about seven o'clock on Friday evening. His wife went into the stop (he was a pork butcher as well as a publican) and found the window open, and then it was discovered that the pork had been disarranged, and the piece produced was gone. He gave information to the police. - Agnes, wife of John Sier, fish-hawker, Long Brackland, said she was going down the Brackland on Friday evening about seven o'clock, and on passing Manning's shop she noticed the window open ; the bottom sash was thrown up almost to the second bar. She saw Henry Emerson standing against the window. As she passed by he moved from it, and was eating something. About nine o'clock she saw both father and son, the former carrying a frail basket on on [sic] his back. They were walking on opposite sides of the way, and were going towards the Station. - Elizabeth Jane, wife of William Nunn, labourer, said that on Friday night, about nine o'clock, she went to the Britannia for a pint of beer, and as she was coming out she saw Emerson and his son going past ; was quite close to them. Called Mrs. Manning's attention to them. They separated when they had passed the door, and witness followed them as far as Challis's coal-yard. The elder Emerson had a basket on his back, and appeared the worse for drink ; the younger one "hadn't got nothen!" She told Manning what she had seen, and he went again to the Police-station. - William Wham, labourer, in the employ of Mr. Burrell, of Fornham, was called to prove seeing the elder defendant near the spot where the pork was afterwards found by the police. - P.c. George Lambert deposed : On Friday, the 2nd inst., from information received, I went in search of the two prisoners, and found the elder man on the Fornham-road, between the Common and the new houses at the Northgate, in company with the last witness. He had a frail basket with him, which I examined, and found nothing in it. I asked him what he was doing there at that time of night, and he said that was his business. On the following morning I made a search for the pork, and found it concealed under an archway over a ditch in a meadow adjoining the Northgate-road. The ditch divides the Common from the meadow. The pork was wrapped up in a piece of print, and some bricks were laid over it. I took it to Manning, who said it was the piece he had lost on the previous night. I apprehended the prisoners last night, and brought them to the station. - This being all the evidence, the Magistrates remanded both prisoners until Thursday, liberating the younger one on his own recognizances.

Joseph Emerson was also charged with stealing an ivory-handled carving-knife, value 1s., the property of Chas. Talbot, of the Three Tuns, Crown-street. - Prosecutor said he was landlord of the Three Tuns. The knife produced by p.-c. Lambert was his property. He missed it on Wednesday morning ; he saw it last at dinner-time on Tuesday. Did not know prisoner, and had never seen him in his house. - P.-c. Lambert said that when he apprehended prisoners on the last charge he searched the house, and found the knife in a drawer. He showed it to Talbot, who had complained of having lost such a knife, and he at once identified it. - The magistrates remanded the prisoner in this case also until Thursday.


January 13, 1874.
[Page] 5

Bury Borough Quarter Session.


Joseph Emerson, labourer, was charged with having, on the 31st of December, stolen an ivory-handled carving-knife, the property of Charles Talbot, landlord of the Three Tuns Inn. - Mr Clement Bunbury appeared for the prosecution : the prisoner was undefended.
P.-c. Lambert proved that he found the knife at prisoner's house on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 4. At that time the prisoner had two sons living with him, about 18 or 20 years of age.
Charles Talbot indentified the knife as his property, and said that he last saw it in his house on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Before it was shown to him by the last witness he has missed it and given information to the police. Did not know that he ever saw the prisoner in his house in his life.
Mr. Banbury put in prisoner's statement, in which he simply said he knew nothing about it.
This being all the evidence, the Recorder told the Jury that it was insufficient to justify a conviction, for the prisoner had never been seen in the prosecutor's house, and they could not possibly find him guilty on the mere fact that the knife was found in his house after he was in custody, for he had two sons living with him, and the knife was not found in his personal possession.
The Jury at once returned a verdict of acquittal.

PlaceBury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Linked toHenry Emmerson; Joseph Emmerson

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