Offence: Theft > mail theft
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Imprisonment > hard labour
MR. ARTHUR GILL Prosecuted.
JAMES HENRY FIRMIN . I am a carman in the employ of Mr. Webster, a contractor to the Post Office. On December 24th I was driving one of Mr. Webster's vans from Mount Pleasant to London Bridge filled with mail bags and baskets—behind me there was another van, driven by a man named Crisp—it was a four-wheeled open van—we do not have a man behind when carrying Post Office parcels—it was not a red van; it had a card on the side—it was an extra van for over work—the other van was about 100 yards behind—in the course of the journey we had to cross the City Road—before I got there two men got on the tail-board—I told them to get down—after that my attention was
attracted to Crisp, who waa struggling with the prisoner on the ground; the bag was behind the men standing up against a public-house—I went up to Crisp, and gave the prisoner in charge—he said, "I will give you a quid if you will let me go, I have a poor old mother to keep"—the ropes on my van were all loose—I knew the bag was one of ours, but I did not know which till I got to London Bridge, when I signed for one short.
GEORGE CRISP . I am a carman to Mr. Webster—I was driving a van behind the last witness in the City Road on December 24th—I saw two men following the van—the prisoner got up and pulled a bag from under the ropes on to the ground, put it on his head, and walked towards me with it—I was about 100 yards away—when he got opposite me, I jumped down and caught him from behind; we had a struggle for about five minutes—my mate came up, and I gave the prisoner to him, as I had had enough of him—he had hit me in the eye—he said, "Let me go, don't let me spend Christmas in there, sir"—I lost sight of the other man; the prisoner shouted out to him, "Come on, Jim"—there was a crowd there—it was a light night; I could see quite plainly—I did not say to the prisoner that I would let him go if he would not hit me—I told the police-man that the prisoner had hit me.
JOSEPH GEORGE STEVENS . I am a travelling clerk—at midnight on December 24th I went to Kingsland Road Police-station, where I saw a mail bag, marked No. 17—the seal was intact; it was opened in my pressence, and I checked the contents with Mr. Chetwood.
ALFRED BUDD (435 G), On December 24th I was on duty in Finsbury Square—the prisoner was given into my custody—I took him to the City Road Police station—I saw this mail-bag (produced) on the dicky of risp's van, the prisoner was charged with stealing the bag, and also with assaulting Crisp—he said, "I wish I had bunged the other eye up—he was quite sober.
GUILTY ,— Nine Months' Hard Labour.