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Norfolk, Tunstead & Happing District, Smallburgh, Parish Information, 1850

Document Reference: John RICHES + James HIPPER guilty of theft from Thomas Howes ALLEN

Transcribed by: Rose French
Date Added: October 03, 2001

Names mentioned:
Thomas Howes ALLEN

Norwich Mercury, Saturday July 13th 1850
Norfolk Quarter Sessions
Held on Wednesday 3 July 1850 at the Shirehouse

John Riches 33 and James Hipper 30 were charged on the oath of Robert Plowman, of Buxton, farming steward, with having on the 5th of the same month [ie May], stolen a sheep , the property of Thomas Howes Allen, farmer. Hipper pleaded guilty, and Riches not guilty. On Sunday May 5th the sheep was missed from a field in which the animal had been placed and traces were discovered of it having been drawn over a hedge. Afterwards the sheepskin, four feet and entrails were found in a hole. Suspicion fell upon the prisoners who lived together and the police searched their house and found a quantity of mutton secreted in a shed with which the feet that had been previously found corresponded. Hipper said he stole the sheep and Riches had nothing to do with it. The Jury found Riches not guilty.

John Riches 33 was then charged with having received a sheep, knowing it to be stolen, the property of Thomas Howes Allen of Buxton. The evidence given was similar to that given on the charge that he had stolen the sheep. In defence the prosecutor said he did not know there was any stolen mutton in his house. Guilty.
He was also found guilty of a previous conviction of felony in 1839. To be imprisoned at hard labour for one year.

The following article was also taken from an earlier Chronicle entry in 1839:

John RICHES pleaded guilty to stealing a 3 prong fork from the garden of John SPINKS, labourer of Oxnead, sentenced to 14 days hard labour.

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