1st March 1869
Reference Numbert18690301-342
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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342. HENRY BAKER (18), and CHARLES WILKINSON (24) , Burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Isaac Temple, and stealing eighteen pairs of boots, his property.

MR. MOODY. conducted the Prosecution.

ISAAC TEMPLE . I live at 3, Cheshire Street, Bethnal Green, and am a shoe-maker—on 8th February I saw my place safe about 12.30 at night—I was aroused about 2.30 or 2.45—on going down stairs I missed eighteen pairs of boots and shoes from the window, worth about 4l.—the shutters had been forced open, and the window shoved up.

THOMAS WOOD . I live at 5, Abbey Street, Bethnal Green—on the morning of 8th February, about 2.30, I was coming round the corner of Abbey Street into Cheshire Street—I saw the two prisoners at the window of Mr. Temple's shop—Baker was taking the shoes out, and handing them to Wilkinson—they ran away, and I ran after them—Wilkinson ran down a court, and Baker ran down the road—I followed Baker first, because Wilkinson could not get down the court, as there was no thoroughfare—I nearly got hold of Baker, when he turned round and threw the shoes at me when I was close to him—I could not catch him then, and I went back to the court and stood in the road—I called "Police?"—Wilkinson came down the court, came towards me, and said, "What is all this about?"—I said, "I think someone has been breaking in over there, and one has gone down there"—he walked across the road, and I followed him—he stooped down and said, "Holloa, he has got him"—I caught hold of him and said, "I have got you, there were two of you, and you were one of them"—a policeman came up with Baker—I went down the court with the officer and found some shoes at the bottom, seme in a dust-bin, and some outside—they were taken across to Mr. Temple's shop.

CHARLES CUFF . (Policeman H 148). About 2.45 on this morning I saw the prisoner in front of Mr. Temple's shop—the shutters and windows were open—Baker was taking out the boots, and handing them to Wilkinson—they crossed over the road to Winchester Crescent—I ran through Cheshire Court into Winchester street—Baker came running towards me—as soon as he saw me he stepped and ran back—I caught him, and asked him what he

was running for—he said, "Nothing"—he had four or five pairs of boot a in his hand—I took him to the station—I saw Wilkinson held by the last witness—I went and woke Mr. Temple up and showed him the boots, and he identified them.

THOMAS JEFFRIES . (Policeman H 211). I saw Wilkinson and Mr. Wood together—I took Wilkinson into custody—I went down the court and found the boots in the dust-bin at the bottom—I took the boots to Mr. Temple's shop, and he identified them—he had them back at the station.


They also PLEADED GUILTY. to having been before convicted; Baker, on 17th December, 1867, and Wilkinson, on 14th of May, 1866.

Seven Years' Penal Servitude each.

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