Again not sure who this is. An interesting nickname: "Darkie".
Police Notices and Court Appearances
At the Middlesex Sessions.
Charles WINGETT and Francis WALKER were then charged with having stolen two legs of mutton, two pieces of beef and one basket, the property of the same prosecutor, Mr. FIELDING. Mr. BRINDLEY prosecuted, and the prisoners were not defended by counsel. Suspecting that he was being robbed by the prisoners, who were in his service, Mr. FIELDING employed a detective, who on the 10th of December saw WALKER bring a basket of meat out of the shop and place it under a board outside. Ten minutes later WALKER came out of the shop again, picked up the basket, put it on his arm, and walked with it down Junction-road. The detective followed him to Francis -terrace, stopped him, and asked him where he was taking the meat to, when he responded, "16, Francis-terrace," where, he said, he and Darkie (meaning WINGETT) lived, and that Darkie had given it to him to take to his lodgings. He took WALKER back to the shop where he charged WINGETT and WALKER with the theft, and apprehended both of them/ At their lodgings was found another piece of beef. All the meat was identified by Mr. FIELDING as his property. The jury found both he prisoners Guilty, and the foreman stated that the majority of the jury were desirous of recommending WALKER to mercy on the ground that he had acted at the instigation of WINGETT. This was probably correct, as WINGETT had been before convicted of being in the unlawful possession of property and nothing was known against the character of WALKER. The man BAYNTON, who had stolen the goose, had no previous conviction recorded against him, and the only thing at all detrimental to him was that he was a frequenter of horse-races, being known on the Turf as "Lord Bugden". Mr. FLETCHER sentenced WALKER to three months', WINGETT to 12 months', and BAYNTON to eight months' imprisonment with hard labour".
- The Times, 2nd January, 1880, page 10, col a.