28th November 1859
Reference Numbert18591128-45
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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45. WILLIAM CHAMBERS (51) , Burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Charles Webster, with intent to steal.

CHARLES WEBSTER I live at 18, Duke-street, Portland-place, and let lodgings there—just upon 1 o'clock in the morning of 2d November, I went to bed—I had previously seen the door quite safe—when going to bed I heard a key put into the door; the door was very quietly opened, and some one went stealthily along the passage, passed through the back door to the yard, and crossed the yard to the closet; opened that door, making a creaking noise; they then came out across the yard, and then returned to the closet, and shut the door—I listened some time—I thought it was a lodger—after waiting some time I thought it strange and went out to see who it was—I called out, "Who is there?"—a very gruff voice said, "Jack "—I said, "Who is Jack? what is your name?"—he said, "Jack"—that was all I could get—I tried to pull the door open but resistance was made inside—I made two or three pulls and at last I got it open, and then I saw the prisoner standing in a crouching position as if he were going to pounce upon anybody—I asked him what he wanted there—I dragged him out, sent for a constable, and gave him into custody—I hold him till the constable came—I saw the constable search him, and take from him a bag with some keys—the prisoner dropped a key on the mat—I saw that key tried, and found that it opened the door—I know nothing of the prisoner—nothing was taken.

CHARLES WALKER (Policeman, E 62.) I was called by the last witness, and took the prisoner into custody—I found some keys on him, and this bag with these things in it (produced)—I picked up the key which fell on the

mat, and found that that opened the door—the prisoner appeared to be very drunk, but I am quite sure he was shamming—when we got to the station he appeared to be sober enough—he refused his address; at last he said Charlotte-street, Portland-place, and afterwards he said 11, Little George-street, Chelsea—I went there—there is no such number—nine is the highest.

Prisoner's Defence. There was a female standing by when I was passing the prosecutor's house, who asked me to open the door, and said she would give me a glass of ale; I opened the door; there was a light in the passage and I went through into the back yard as I wanted to go there; I thought there was no harm; I had been there two or three minutes when the prosecutor came out; the female came in when I was standing there speaking to the prosecutor.

COURT to CHARLES WEBSTER Q. Was there a light in the passage? A. Yes—no female came into the house at the time—I am very particular about the door, and I was listening every time—one of the lodgers came in while the prisoner was in the closet, but not before that.


The prisoner was further charged with having been before convicted.

THOMAS DOWNES (Policeman, T 124). I produce a certificate (Read: "Central Criminal Court, October, 1856; William Chambers convicted of burglary; Confined Eighteen Months.) I had the prisoner in my custody—he is the man then convicted.

GUILTY Confined Two Years.

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