From Colonial Times Tuesday 22 August 1843
QUARTER SESSIONS - Adjourned Sitting.
Before Joseph Hone, Esq., Chairman. R. Kerr,
J. Walker, and F. H. Henslowe, Esquires.
THURSDAY, AUGUST, 17.
John Dixon was charged with stealing, on the 26th of July last, a silver spoon of the value of 2s., the property of Mr. R. B. Jones, of the Waterloo Tavern.
Mr. Jones stated, that the prisoner had been in his service as cook for five days, when he discharged him on the morning of the 26th July; the prisoner as cook, had occasionally charge of the spoons and other plate: the spoon now produced was his property. Being questioned by the Chairman; Mr. Jones said, that he had hired the prisoner with a written character, the signature of which was illegible; being in want of a servant, witness thought any one better than none.
Chairman - And to a person thus hired you commit the charge of your plate?
Witness - I could not avoid it.
Constable Rayner, who took the prisoner in charge for drunkenness, on the afternoon of the day on which Mr. Jones had discharged him, when he was in the Watch-house saw him throw a spoon from his coat-pocket on to the fire: the spoon he had now produced was the same, and that which he (witness) had removed from the fire. The Jury without retiring found the prisoner Guilty.
From Colonial Times Saturday 22 February 1845
Doll Tearshirt, a lady with part of a nose, was fined 10s. for being drunk and abusing Constable Rayner, and 2s. 6d. for tearing his shirt. Not having the "tin," she was locked up, but not before she fervently prayed Heaven to forgive "the parjured wretches who had swore agin her."