The West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser, 25 March 1853


JOHN GILL, 30, who pleaded Guilty yesterday to three several charges of felony, was this morning indicted for stealing to augers, the property of Thomas MOORE, at Calstock, on the 4th of February. In a second count he was charged with feloniously receiving. After the examination of one witness, the prosecutor was called but did not appear; nor could he be found by the constable and others persons sent in search for him. It was stated that he was very infirm, and the court waited a long time for him. At length, the learned Judge said to the jury that he did not feel justified in wasting more of the public time, and, in the absence of the prosecutor, the prisoner must be acquitted. The jury accordingly returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY. It appeared that, besides this case, and the three charges to which the prisoner had pleaded guilty, there were four other indictments against him for felony.

Contributed by Isabel Harris