4th February 1856
Reference Numbert18560204-289
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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289. JOHN ATTWOOD , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of James Bottomley, at Wandsworth, and stealing therein 2 loaves and 2l. 4s. 3d. in money; his property.

CHARLES SIMPKIN (policeman, V 120). On 3rd Feb. I was on duty, and as I passed Mr. Bottoraley's shop I saw the prisoner's legs coming out of the window—when I got within ten yards of him, he saw me, and made off

—I took him without losing eight of him, and took him to the station—I then went back to the house, and found a pane of glass broken within reach of the catch of the window, and found two peony loaves—I searched the prisoner at the station, and found three half crowns, a shilling, and a 4d. piece, and in his boot half a sovereign, and in his stockings half a sovereign and six half crowns—as I took him to the station he said, "I have done it this time."

MARY BOTTOMLEY . I am the wife of John Bottomley, and keep a chandler's shop in Garrod's-lane. Last Saturday night I went to bed about 11 o'clock—the house was properly fastened, and the window was fastened by the catch—I was called up after 3 o'clock in the morning, and missed from this purse, which was in a cupboard, two half sovereigns and six half crowns—there had been two small loaves in the window, which were gone—the prisoner lives just by me.

Prisoner's Defence. I was going home, and the door was fastened; I did not like to call my parents up; I took a walk, and saw a policeman behind me, and ran; he caught me, and charged me with the robbery, but I am innocent of it.


The prisoner was further charged with having been before convicted.

THOMAS OAKLEY (policeman, V 190). I produce a certificate—(Read: Surrey Sessions—John Attwood, convicted March, 1855, and confined three months)—I was present—the prisoner is the person.)

GUILTY.** Aged 19.— Four Years Penal Servitude.

Before Mr. Recorder.

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