7th April 1862
Reference Numbert18620407-469
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude; Imprisonment; Imprisonment; Imprisonment > penal servitude

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469. WILLIAM FARROW, WILLIAM GRANT, JAMES PARSONS , and JOHN FELLOWS , were again indicted, with THOMAS HENDERSON , for unlawfully having in their possession, without lawful excuse, certain implements of housebreaking. Second Count, unlawful attempting to force open a door, with intent to steal.

MESSRS METCALFE and ORRIDGE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM GARDNER (Policeman, G 179). On 19th February, at 5 o'clock in the morning, I was on duty in Holywell-lane, and saw all the prisoners standing together talking—I was on the opposite side of the way, and stopped and looked at them—they shook hands with one another, and wished each other good morning—three went into Shoreditch, and two into the Curtain-road—they were five or six yards from Mr. Syer's shop—I saw them all five again, talking, at about twenty minutes to 6, in Cumberland-street, Shoreditch, which is about a hundred yards from where I first saw them—I procured help, and took them all in custody—going to the station Fellows threw away this jemmy, and Henderson this other jemmy (produced), and at the station I found this life-preserver, weighted with lead and studded with spikes on Fellows, and on Parsons some lucifer matches and this knife, also some matches on Henderson, and on Farrow some matches, a pencil-case, and a knife, (produced.)

Farrow. Q. What did you charge me with? A. Loitering.

Cross-examined by MR. KEMP. Q. How long had you been watching them? A. Some time—they were five or six yards from the pawnbrker's shop—I had never seen them before, but will undertake to swear they were all there—I am quite sure Parsons is one.

MR. ORRIDGE. Q. Where did they say they lived? A. Farrow, at 4, Bethnal-green-road; Grant, at 13, Burman-street, Commercial-road; Henderson, at 16, Bethnal-green-road; Parsons, at 16, Church-street, Shoreditch; and Fellows, at Fryer's-mount, Shoreditch.

Cross-examined by MR. LLOYD. Q. Did you find the life-preserver? A. Yes; in the leg of Fellows' trousers.

JOHN THORPE (Policeman, G 193). On the morning of 14th February, about a quarter to 6 o'clock, I saw the five prisoners standing at the corner of Cumberland-street, Shoreditch—Gardner and I took them in custody—going up Cumberland-street, I saw Fellows throw the jemmy into a timber-yard—I afterwards searched the yard and found it.

JAMES CLARK (Policeman, G 149). On the morning in question, I was on duty in High-street, and saw Henderson running down a court—I caught him, and he dropped this jemmy—I had seen them all standing together—I saw Fellow throw the jemmy over a wall.

Henderson. Q. Did you not jump on me, and knock me down? A. No; we both fell together—you dropped the jemmy out of your hand as I got hold of you.

JOHN BUCKLEE (Policeman, N 406). On the morning in question, about a quarter to 4 o'clock, I saw Fellows, Parsons, Grant, and Farrow, come out of No. 22, George-square, Hoxton—I had seen them before at that house several times, going to and fro, early and late, but cannot say whether they live there.

SAMUEL MARTIN SYER . I am a pawnbroker, of 22, Holywell-lane—on the morning of 19th February, I examined the door of my plate shop, and found several marks of an attempt to force it open—I should imagine the marks to be made by such an instrument as this jemmy—the door-jamb was broken away from the force of the pressure—there were six, seven, or eight marks on it.

THOMAS EVANS (Police-sergeant, G 22). I examined Mr. Syer's shop, and found marks on the door and door-jamb, three of which this jemmy thrown away by Henderson fits, and two places on the other side of the door fit this other jemmy thrown away by Fellows—I afterwards went to 22, George-square, Hoxton, and found these three skeleton keys, this centre-piece, chisel, and

a quantity of common keys in the water-closet—I also found this rope there.

THOMAS MAVETE (Policeman, N 43). I went with Evans to 22, Bath-street, and found in the water-closet, eight skeleton keys, three pick-locks, and a jemmy.

Farrow's Defence. Nothing was found on me but a knife and a pencil case.

Henderson's Defence. The policeman says he saw the others leave the house and I was not in their company. I ran down that court to get out of the way of the police; there were a lot of civilians who threw all sorts of missiles; they threw this jemmy, and the policeman said it came out of my hand, but it did not.


SERGEANT EVANS stated that in December, 1855, Fellows was tried at this Court, and sentenced to sit years' penal servitude, three or four convictions being proved against him. JOHN GILL, M 299, stated that Grant was convicted in August, 1860, of being in possession of property the proceeds of a burglary, and that he was the constant associate of thieves. STEPHEN REES, G 49, deposed to Parsons being twice convicted, and sentenced to three years' penal servitude; and PORTER WILLIAM DUNNAWAY, H 129, deposed to Farrow being convicted and sentenced to three years' penal servitude.

FARROW—GUILTY.— Three Years' Penal Servitude.

GRANT—GUILTY.— Confined Eighteen Months.

HENDERSON—>GUILTY.— Confined Twelve Months.



Three Years each in Penal Servitude.

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