22nd November 1852
Reference Numbert18521122-65
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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65. HENRY JOHNSON was indicted for a robbery, with violence, on William East, and stealing from his person I watch, value 30s.; his goods.

MR. WOOLLEFF conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM EAST . I am a French polisher, and live at 81, Leonard-street, Shoreditch. On 1st Nov., about half past 2 o'clock in the morning, I was passing down Holy well-lane, Shoreditch, in company with a friend—I had been drinking with some friends, and was not exactly sober—we saw a public-house open, and went in, and had some spirits—I remained there with my friend a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes—as I was coming out, the prisoner was standing with his back against the door, and I pulled out my watch to see the time—it was then 20 minutes past 2—I went out at the door, leaving my friend inside, talking to a female—I crossed the road, and the prisoner came, pushed me by the side of my shoulder, and I fell down—I do not know whether he struck me, or only pushed me—he went down with me, and before I got up again there was a policeman at my side, and I missed my watch—the prisoner was brought to me in lest than two minutes, and I recognised him as the man immediately.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. You say you were not quite sober, were you not a long way from it? A. I had had several glasses of drink—there were several ladies where I had been drinking—I cannot say the number—I had been with them since 6 o'clock In the evening—I was quite sober at—I drank with about three of the ladies—there were six of us in company, and we had three glasses of brandy and water, and I had nothing afterwards but a pint of half and half, till I got to this public house, where me and my friend had two sixpenny worths of gin and water, and three or four females drank from it, but I did not know them—that was all I drank—I bad not been out on the spree—the females I had drank with before going to this public house were my own friends, married ladies—one was the wife of a person who had employed me several years—I was in three public houses—when I was picked up, out of the road, I fell down again—I was not entirely lifted up, only partially—the prisoner picked me up—I only fell that time—my clothes were all mud on one side—I do not recollect ever falling when I have been drunk, before—I generally manage to walk home—I did not say that one of the girls had taken my watch—I cannot recollect that I was supported against the shutters of a house.

Q. Did you hear one of the girls, the strangers, say, "I won't be took for it," and away she went? A. I did not; the policeman did.

JOHN HITCHCOCK (policeman, G 28). About 3 o'clock on the morning of Monday, 1st Nov., I was on duty in Holy well-lane, and as I was coming out of a court I saw the prisoner knock the prosecutor over the shoulder with his fist, and knock him down—I made the best of ray way to him, and before I got up the prisoner set him on Ms legs again, and ran away, and before I could get to him he was stopped by another constable—the prosecutor was not sober, but knew what he was about—I was present when the prisoner was brought back—there was a prostitute standing by—I did not hear her say, "I won't be taken for it.

Cross-examined. He gave him a blow with his fist? A. Yes; I was about ten yards off.

GEORGE MATTHEWS (policeman, G 86). I saw the prisoner running and stopped him—he said, "I have done nothing"—I took him to the prosecutor, and he said, "That is the man who knocked me down"—the prisoner said, "I did not knock you down; I picked you up, and set you on your egs."


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