18th August 1851
Reference Numbert18510818-1668
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1668. EDWARD FOREMAN , stealing 1 neck-chain, value 4l.; the goods of Emma Ellis; and 1 neck-chain and other articles, 7l. 18s.; the goods of John Rutherford, in his dwelling-house.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

ANN MARIA LOWE . I was in the service of Mr. John Rutherford, of King Edward's-row, Hackney. On 24th July my mistress, her sister, and I, were at home—the prisoner came about 12 o'clock—I let him in—he said he came to polish the banisters; they were very badly done, and were to be done again—I told my mistress; she said, "Very well"—the prisoner wanted some warm water and a piece of flannel, and appeared to employ himself in washing them—he asked for a cloth to dry them—they go up two flights of stain—the drawing-room is on the ground-floor—my mistress's bed-room and her sister's are the top floor—the prisoner was employed up to the top—he went away about 1 o'clock, and said he was going to dinner—he left his basket—he came back at half-past three, and brought another man with him—they both began to polish the banisters—the prisoner was on the top flight, and the other man on the lower—I went up-stairs, and passed the prisoner two or three times while he was there the second time—I went into my mistress's bed-room, and saw the neck-chain on the dressing-table—I came out again, and shut the door—the prisoner was very near the door—I went into her sister's bed-room, and saw her neck-chain on the looking-glass—I shut the door of that room—that was about 10 minutes before 5, and aboot twenty minutes before the prisoner went away—when he was going, he came down, and said the banisters were done—my mistress gave him 4d., and he went away—about twenty-five minutes after he was gone, the chains were missed.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did the other man leave the house first? A. No; he opened the door, but did not go out till the prisoner went with him—this is a new road—the houses are all inhabited except one—there was nothing to prevent the other man going up-stairs if he chose—I did not see him go up-stairs; he was always at the bottom.

MARY RUTHERFORD . On 24th July I learned that a person had come to do the banisters—it is a new house—Mr. Butters, a builder, had been doing jobs about it—I thought it was all right—the banisters had been very badly done—I was told about half-past 5 o'clock that the men had done the job, and were going away—I gave the prisoner a trifle, and he went—I had seen my chain and my sister's safe at 5—I went up to dress afterwards, and they were gone—my chain was under a towel—it was not exposed during the time the

prisoner was there—I had been np several times—my chain and watch-key were both hanging up—the prisoner was working on the middle of the banisters—the chains were worth 12l.—I also missed a purse from my sister's drawer—her name is Emma Ellis.

RICHARD CLARKE (policeman, N 223). I took the prisoner on 31st July, in Shrubland-road, at work—I told him it was for stealing two gold chains and a key and seals, in King Edward's-row, Hackney—he said, "I know nothing about King Edward's-row"—I repeated the charge, and said it was where he went to polish the banisters—he said, "Oh yes, I remember being there to polish the banisters; I was sent there by Mr. Batters."

Cross-examined. Q. You found him in employ? A. Yes; he did not ask me where King Edward's-row was—I found in his pocket 1s. 4d. and a duplicate—I searched a room in Hare-street, Great Cumberland-street, where he gave his address, and found three more duplicates—I have been to the other man's place, but cannot find him.

CHARLES BUTTERS . I am a builder, and live in Mare-street—I bad done some jobs at Mr. Rutherford's—I know the prisoner—I did not send him on 24th July to do the banisters—I have not seen him since last March—the last thing he did for me was to do those banisters—they were not done well, and he went and did them again, and I paid him for it.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Four Months.

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