21st September 1835
Reference Numbert18350921-1933
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1933. MOSES HARRIS was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Mary Eddels, about the hour of seven in the night of the 21st of September, at St. Mary-le-Bow, with intent to steal, and stealing therein nine yards of silk, value 2l. 4s., the good of the said Mary Eddels.

JOHN KERBY . I am shopman to Mrs. Mary Eddels, who lives in Cheapside, in the parish of St. Mary-le-Bow. About six o'clock last Monday evening I lighted the gas—the shop window was whole at that time—about eight o'clock I discovered that it was broken—It was then dark, and had been dark nearly two hours, I think—two pieces of silk were gone—they were silk handkerchiefs in two pieces.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. What time had you seen them last? A. About six o'clock.

WILLIAM SAVAGE . I am a police-constable. Last Monday evening, the 21st of September, I was on duty in High-street, Whitechapel, in plain clothes—I met the prisoner and two other boys coming from the City—another officer took the other two—the prisoner ran across the road—he was followed by Taylor, the street-keeper, and I saw him brought back by Taylor, who had this silk in his possession—It was about a quarter before eight o'clock.

SAMUEL TAYLOR . I am a street-keeper of Whitechapel. Last Monday evening I was on duty at about a quarter before eight o'clock, and saw the prisoner and two other boys coming from the City—I saw Savage take hold of two of them—the prisoner ran away—I followed him—he ran across High street into Plough-street, and about half-way up that street I saw him throw something from him under a dark window—I caught him just round the corner of Colchester-street, and brought him back to the place—I found this silk where I had seen it thrown.

JOHN KERBY re-examined. This is one of the pieces I lost—I had cut it.

Cross-examined. Q. That is not a perfect piece of silk? A. Yes, it is; but I had cut off a handkerchief from it—I do not recollect when I cut it—I saw this on the day in question in its present state—I saw it safe when I lighted the gas in the window about six o'clock—I have no other person who assists in the business—Mrs. Eddels attends to it when I am out—there is no other shopman—I had not been out that evening—I know it from the quantity and quality—It is my own cutting.

SAMUEL TAYLOR Cross-examined. Q. Was you in company with the other officer? A. No—when they were stopped the prisoner ran away—I was about ten yards from them—It was dark—I instantly crossed the ruad after the prisoner—I did not lose sight of him once—I am quite certain I saw him throw something away—I followed close behind him—I did not take it up till I caught him; and when I caught him, his things were all unbuttoned, which was not the case when I first saw him.

(George Swatton, licensed victualler, of North-street, Spitalfields-market, gave the prisoner a good character.).

GUILTY.— DEATH . Aged 16.

Recommende to mercy by the Prosecutrix on account of his youth.

Third Jury, before Mr. Baron Gurney..

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