6th April 1868
Reference Numbert18680406-392
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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392. WILLIAM SWEENEY (20) , Burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Robert Graham, and stealing therein one globe of artificial fruit, his property.

MR. PATER conducted the Prosecution.

SOPHIA GRAHAM . I am the wife of Robert Graham, of 6, Frenly Place, St. Paul's, Deptford, a store-keeper—on 13th March, about 8.45, I was sitting in my back parlour—my daughter spoke to me—I went into my front parlour and found the window drawn up as high as it could be—I missed a globe of artificial fruit which had been standing on a small table in the centre of the room, a quarter of an hour before—I had closed the shutters on the outside, but had not fastened them—the fruit was brought to me next morning—this is it (produced) it is my husband's.

JOSEPH SPENCER (Policeman R 187). On the night of 13th March, about 10 o'clock, I was on duty in Lower Road, Deptford, and saw the prisoner by the side of a costermonger's barrow at Stanley Tavern, with the globe of fruit in his hand—I asked him whether he had it for sale, he said no, his master had got it for 6s. in Middle Lane, Deptford—I asked his master's name, he said he did not know, but it was either Williams or Searle—he was about a mile and a quarter from tho prisoner's house—I asked where his master was—he said that he had just stopped behind to speak to a man, but he would overtake him presently—a man came up in a few minutes, who the prisoner addressed as his master—I asked him if he knew anything of the case of fruit—he said that he bought it in Middle Lane, Deptford, for 6s.—the prisoner told him I had stopped him—he said, "That is all right, he is only doing his duty, if he likes to go to the station, I can soon convince him that it is all right"—on the way to the station the other man escaped.

Prisoner's Defence. The man I worked for gave it to me to hold. I do not know where he lives, he used to come to a public-house and meet me in the tap-room.

GUILTY Nine Months' Imprisonment .

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