25th October 1852
Reference Numbert18521025-1022
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment; Imprisonment

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1022. JOHN JONES, RICHARD IRVIN, JAMES HANNON , and WILLIAM BENNETT , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of John King, stealing 1 pair of boots, and other articles; his property.

JOHN KING . I keep the Queen's Head, at Chelsea. On Sunday night, 10th Oct., I went to bed about half past 12 o'clock; I was last up in the house—the house was all fastened up—the back kitchen window was shut, but I found in the morning that it was not buttoned—the shutters were

fastened—any person getting in the house that way would have to open the window—I was called about half past 5 the next morning—I was the first that was down—I found the things in the bar very much disordered—the first thing that attracted my attention was the cigar box on the counter—I missed some cigars—I found my little drawers on the floor—I missed a bag of coins of various kinds, silver and copper—I had been in the habit of putting them away for years—I missed my little boy's boots, which he had taken off and left in the bar—I missed a silk handkerchief and a pocket handkerchief from the bar—I examined the back kitchen shutters; they were broken in pices—a person by breaking the shutters could open the window and get in—the window opened outside—if a person got in the house by that window, he would have access to the bar, and to any other part of the house—no part of the house was disturbed beside the bar—I have seen the boots since, a part of them has been cut away—there is a wall in the rear of my house about seven or eight feet high, and the next morning I found this shoe on the outside of that wall.

GEORGE MEAD (policeman, V 156). I apprehended all the prisoners—I took Jones and Irvin, at Mort lake, on the 14th instant—Irvin was holding a boat, and Jones was standing in conversation with a man, whom I afterwards identified to be Hannon—I asked Jones where his companion was—he said, "There he is, holding that boat"—I went towards Irwin, and he ran away; but I took him—I found these boots on Jones; I asked him where he got them—he said he bought them in Westminster of a boy for sixpence—I found these straps in his pocket—I asked him to account for them—he said he thought he picked them up—I received this one shoe from Mr. King—I tried it on Jones, and it fitted him well.

Hannon. He never took me at all. Witness. Yes; I took the other two prisoners at Norbiton-common, about two miles from Kingston, in Surrey, on the Following morning—Hannon was at work with Bennett, or rather he was sitting down—I had another officer with me—I told Hannon and Bennett what they were charged with—they denied all knowledge of the other two prisoners at first—I searched Bennett and found on him these three copper coins—one of them is a half anna, an East India coin; this other is a medal, and the third is a small Danish coin—I asked Bennett where he got them—he pointed to Hannon, and said, "Jem gave them to me"—Hannon replied, "You had better say I keep you altogether"—on the Saturday before that, I had gone to Mr. Collingbourn's, a pawnbroker, at Wandsworth, where I got two silver coins, which I have here—when I went to take Hannon and Bennett, I took these two coins with me—I showed them to Hannon, and he said, "I received the large one from Little Dick, meaning Irvin, and the other I received from Cottage, which is a nickname for Jones, and I know them to be the pieces I gave to Amos Fuller to sell in Wandsworth"—he said, "I knew you again; I knew you was after me, for I saw you take Cottage and Dick at Mort lake"—one of these coins is a half crown of George the Second, and the other a Spanish quarter dollar.

Hannon. He did not take me at all. Witness. They were both together—I cannot say which of us took him first—I had another officer with me.

EDWARD MAISHMAN (policeman, V 111). I know this shoe belonged to Jones—he was brought into the station on the Saturday previous to the bur-glary—I saw this button, and this patch on it—it hurt his heel, and it is cut down in this part—I am a shoemaker, and I took particular notice of it.

Jones. It is not my shoe. Witness. I have not a shadow of a doubt of it

—I said who it belonged to before the prisoners were apprehended—I told the inspector, and he sent the officer after the prisoners.

JOSEPH HANSON (policeman, V 133). I went with Mead to take Hannon and Bennett—they were eating their dinner out of a handkerchief—I took up the handkerchief, and found one corner tied with a knot—I undid it, and found in it this small coin—it is a silver penny, of the reign of James the Second—this was on last Monday week, the 18th—I asked both Hannon and Bennett who the handkerchief belonged to, and Bennett said, "It is mine"—this is the handkerchief—I asked how the piece of coin came there—Bennett said, "It was given to me by Jem," pointing to Hannon—Hannon said, "I did not give it to him."

JAMESH STAPLETON COLLINGBOURNE . I am a pawnbroker, of Wandsworth. I purchased these two silver coins from Amos Fuller, on 11th Oct.—for this half crown I gave 20d., and I think 4d. for this quarter dollar—20d. is the value of this half crown—I doubt whether it is heavier than a modern half crown—I gave these coins to Mead.

AMOS FULLER . I live at Wandsworth; I work at brick-making and ground work. I had worked with Hannon and Bennett—on a Monday morning Hannon gave me four pieces of coin—he asked me to see what they were, whether silver or gold—two of them were silver—these are them—I took them to a watchmaker—I took them back to Hannon, and told him the watchmaker would not buy old silver—he said, "Is there nobody else that does?"—I said I thought Mr. Collingbourne did—he said, "Go and see what you can get for them"—I took the large one first, and he gave me 1s. 8d. for it—I then took the small one—these are the two pieces—I had seen Hannon and Bennett together two hours and a half before I had these pieces from them—I saw the four prisoners together in the Plough public house, at Battersea-rise—the other two came in, after I and Hannon and Bennett had been in there—they had some beer all four together, and I had some with them.

PHCEBE GALE . I live at Norbiton. Hannon and Bennett lodged with me five or six months—they left home on Sunday fortnight, about 4 o'clock in the afternoon—they did not come home that night at all—Hannon came borne on the Monday night—I did not see Bennett till the Tuesday morning, when all the four prisoners came in to breakfast—I do not know where Irvin and Jones live—I never saw them till that morning, when they all came in and breakfasted together—I said to Hannon, on the Monday night, that he ought to have stayed at home and done his work, and he said he had got plenty of money—I saw he was in a different handkerchief to what he used to wear—I asked him where he got it, and he said his woman had given it to him.

JOHN KING re-examined. I believe these coins to be mine—this one I can swear to particularly—these copper coins are like what I had—this handkerchief is not mine—these cut down boots belong to my little boy, the tops of them have been cut off—these straps are the same kind as my child had, but I could not swear to them.

Jones's Defence. These boots I bought of a boy, in Westminster, for 6d.; I found the coins in a paper; Hannon and Bennett said, "What have you got there?" I said, "Some coins we have just found;" Hannon said, "You may as well give them to us," and we did; I did not know whether they were silver or metal; they said they were going to Kingston to work; we said we would go with them, and we went; this shoe does not belong to me; I had a pair like these, but not that one.

Hannon. I started from Kingston at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, to go to work; I met Bennett, and we went together; I stopped at my brother's all night, and went home the next morning; we saw these boys, and they showed us these coins; I said, "You may as well give them to me," and they did, and they came with us; I gave them to Amos Fuller, and he went and sold them; I gave these boys some of the money.

JOSEPH HANSON re-examined. I produce a certificate of Hannon's former conviction, at Clerken well—(read—Convicted Oct., 1848, of stealing 1 adze, 1 chisel, and other tools; Confined six months)—he is the man—I had him in custody myself.

JONES— GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Six Months.

HANNON— GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Twelve Months.

BENNETT— GUILTY of Receiving. Aged 19.— Confined Six Months.


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