7th July 1856
Reference Numbert18560707-705
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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705. ALFRED BAKRETT , burglariously breaking into the dwelling house of Francis Potelier, with intent to steal.

FRANCIS POTELIER . I am a Frenchman. I live at No. 157, Oxford-street. I am a jeweller. On the night of Saturday, 28th June, I went to bed at 12 o'clock—I shut the house door myself with a lock—a few minutes before 5 o'clock I was alarmed—I heard some noise as I was in bed—I got up, and saw the back of a man in the passage, just going out of the door—I went into the kitchen, and there is a table there—I found some drawers open, which had been closed when I went to bed—nothing was taken from my house.

JOSEPH BEURCH GUERIN (through an interpreter). I am in the service of the last witness, and live in his house—I sleep in the fourth floor—on Sunday morning, 29th June, about 5 o'clock, I was in bed—I was awoke—I heard some noise at the door, somebody moving it—I got out of bed, went to the chamber door, and saw the prisoner, with his boots in his hand, and no boots on his feet—he went down stairs—I went after him—he ran out of the door into the street—I was not dressed—I called a policeman—he came in two or three minutes afterwards.

Prisoner. Q. Did you see my face? A. Yes; it was daylight.

EDWARD BROWN (police sergeant, E 10). On Sunday morning, 29th June, I was on duty in George-street, New Oxford-street, near to the prosecutors—I saw the prisoner run out of the prosecutor's house with a pair of boots under his arm—he ran down Harford-street—I went down George-street, turned into Harford-street, and met the prisoner—I stopped him, and told him I saw him come out of the prosecutor's house—he said he did not, he came out of the coffee shop—I took him to the station, and found on him a key that will open the prosecutor's door—it was broad daylight—I am sure he is the man—I had known him for the last month.

Prisoner. Q. Why did you not run after me? A. I knew where you lived—I knew you would come into Church-lane—I ran round and met you—you were walking quite leisurely with the shoes under your arm when I stopped you—you had gone about 100 or 100 yards.

Prisoner's Defence. On Sunday, 29th June, I got up to go to the bath; I went to the coffee house, and, on coming out, I met the constable walking his round; I, little supposing he had any malicious intention towards me, passed him; he came and asked me where I had been; I said I came out of the coffee shop; he said that would not do for him, he saw me come out of the prosecutor's; he took me and searched me in the prosecutor's presence; he found nothing whatever on me; he knows I worked at my trade till Saturday night.

COURT to EDWARD BROWN. Q. You say you had known him for a month; had he been at work? A. I made inquiry, and he had been at work—I am sure I found a key on him which opens the prosecutor's door.

JURY. Q. Would it open his own door? A. There is no look on that door—he lives in a lodging house—the door is always open.


(The prisoner was also charged wish having been before convicted.)

EDWARD JOHN FIELD (police sergeant, C 15). I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction. (Read: "Central Criminal Court. Convicted 15th Nov., 1852, of breaking into and entering a dwelling house. Transported for seven years") I was present—the prisoner is the man—he was found in the house at 2 o'clock in the morning—he had five coats on—he served three years and got released on a ticket of leave.

GUILTY. Aged 29.— Four Years Penal Servitude.

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