- Larceny at the Unicorn Hotel
James Taylor appears in court, accused of stealing a teapot, a cup and a plate belonging to the Unicorn Hotel. Witnesses testify that Taylor was drunk at the time of the incident reportedly ‘quoting Shakespeare and playing fantastic tricks.’ The case is dismissed.
- 24 June 1857
- Published Source
- 'Larceny', Ballarat Star, 26 June 1857. Details
TranscriptLARCENY. James Taylor was charged by the police with stealing a teapot, cup, and plate, the property of Mr Underwood, of the Unicorn Hotel.
Mr Walsh appeared for Mr Underwood, and stated that the prosecutor had ascertained from Mrs Underwood that the accused was in the habit of taking things and bringing them back, and that no felonious intent was alleged.
Mr Underwood corroborated counsel’s statement, and said prisoner was drunk, and had been quoting Shakespeare, and playing fantastic tricks, including the alleged stealing of the crockery.
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