15th August 1864
Reference Numbert18640815-819
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude; Imprisonment

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819. HENRY JONES (22), and ELIZABETH SMITH (19) , Burglary in the dwelling-house of Robert Ingleton, and stealing 1 gown, and other articles, his property.

MR. WOOD conducted the Prosecution.

ESTHER INGLETON . I live at 14, New Montague-street, which leads into Osborn-street, High-street, Whitechapel—on the evening of 6th July, at 11 o'clock, I fastened the shutters of my room, and put the window down—I slept down-stairs, just under the window—I went to bed, and was awoke by a noise at half-past 2—I sat up in bed and saw that the shutters were unbolted, and I saw a man's hand take a piece of black skirt out of the window; a dress, which was rolled round the rod in front of the window, was gone—this is the property (produced)—I have no doubt about it—the black dress is partly made up—the male prisoner was the man who took it out; I saw him distinctly by the light of the gas-lamp, which is right opposite my window—I afterwards picked him out from five others at the police-station—I gave information to the police at the Spitalfields station.

Jones. Q. Did not you say at Worship-street that you were too frightened to speak? A. I screamed—you stopped there after I screamed, and took the piece of black stuff.

HENRY FORDHAM (Policeman, H 197). On the morning of 7th July, I was on duty in Brick-lane—about half-past 2 I saw Jones come up out of Osbornplace, cross over Briok-lane, and go down Flower and Dean-street—immediately afterwards came Smith; she went down Thrall-street—I heard her cry, "Jack" three times, and Jones then came up Thrall-street, and crossed over towards Smith—I then went down Thrall-street—Smith went indoors—I said to another constable, "You detain Jones," and I followed Smith up into the third room—I struck a lucifer, and found her sitting in a chair—I lifted up the quilt on the bed, and found this black dress, and this other dress, lying there—I asked her where she got it from—she said, "I bought it in

Whitechapel-road"—I said, "Whereabouts?"—she said, "I don't know; I was so drunk"—I then told her I should take her to the station for the unlawful possession of it—at half-past 12 that same morning—I had seen the two prisoners together going down Fashion-street into Commercial-street, towards Shoreditch.

Jones. Q. How near were we together? A. There was not two feet between you when I saw you at 2 o'clock—I could not see you when the woman called out "Jack;" I had seen you together several times before that evening—you are out together every night.

THOMAS FARRANCE (Policeman, H 138). I followed Jones, and took him into custody—he said he knew nothing about it—I saw the prisoners cross the road together at half-past 2.

WILLIAM HORN (Policeman, H 142). On the morning in question I saw the female prisoner about twenty-five minutes after 2 running from the prosecutor's house—as I came up I heard some one run, and saw some one run in at a passage door—I had previously, at 2 and a quarter past, passed the house, and tried the shutters, and they were all right then.

Jones. Q. You saw no one else in the street, I believe? A. No—I saw no one—I heard some one run into the house and bolt the door—it was a man.

Jones's Defence. I was at a coffee-shop in Whitechapel-road about twenty minutes past 12, and this young girl came in. I went with her towards Thrall-street, where she lives. I stayed talking to her about ten minutes, and then went towards Shoreditch with her, which was when the policeman saw us together. I went to my lodgings, and left her at the coffee-shop. When I came back there I found she was gone. I came back, and turned down Flower and Dean-street, and stood at the corner. She came to the other end of the street, and called me, and I went up to her. Then a policeman called me, and said, "I must detain you." I asked what was the matter, and he said, "I don't know; I have only got to detain you. "We then went up into the girl's room, and found a policeman there, and she said she had bought the things. I thought she had bought them.


Jones was further charged with having been before convicted of felony at this Court on 24th, November, 1862, in the name of John Lord.

ABRAHAM EVEREST . In November, 1862, I was in the police-force, and had the prisoner in custody at this court, in the name of John Lord—he was sentenced toeighteen months imprisonment—I have no doubt about him.

JONES—GUILTY.— Seven Years' Penal Servitude.

SMITH.— Confined Twelve Months.

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