11th July 1870
Reference Numbert18700711-551
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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551. HUGH METCALFE (49) , Stealing 24l. 15s. of Joseph Galbraith and others.

MR. MONTAGU WILLIAMS conducted the Prossecution; and MR. BROMBY the Defence.

RANDAL JAMES . I am a bookkeeper in the employ of Joseph Galbraith & Co., 8, Austin Friars, shipbrokers—the prisoner was employed as our messenger, to assist in cleaning the office—on the 24th May I placed two 10l. bank notes in a desk in the counting-house, 4l. 10s. in gold, and 5s. in silver—I placed them there between 10 and 11 in the morning—I did not lock it up—about 5 o'clock next day I went to the desk and found it mining—this (produced) is one of the notes, it has my writing on it, "Williams, Deacon & Co.," the bankers from whom I received it—it is No. 91,418.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know that the prisoner has one of the badges from the City Commissioner of Police to act as a regular porter? A. Yes; he had only been employed about our premises a few weeks—I got the numbers of the notes from the bankers—I went there immediately I missed them, and got the numbers—I had received them between 10 and 11 o'clock on the morning of the 24th—I always endorsed the notes I received.

WILLIAM LEDGER . I am messenger to Messrs. Galbraith & Co,—I employed the prisoner about eighteen months to assist in cleaning the office—he was there on the 24th and 25th—he usually came about 7.30, and left about 9.30.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he come back on the 25th after the notes were missed, the same as usual? A. Yes, and continued to do so until he was taken into custody—he was previously in the employ of the Royal Exchange Assurance Office, and also in the employ of Guadstein & Co., of 26, Austin Friars, as a messenger five or six years—I had a good character with him, and believed him to be an honest man—he had 3s. a week.

AUGUSTUS ALEXANDER KING . I am assistant to James Russell, pawnbroker, of 10, Shoreditch—on the 25th of May, between 3 and 5 o'clock in the afternoon, the prisoner came and bought a silver watch and chain for 28s.—he gave me this 10l. Bank of England note in payment—I saw him write on it, "John Smith, Albert Road, Mile End Road"—he also bought this clock for 1l.

Cross-examined. Q. Was he long in the shop? A. Quite half an hour—we have not many customers in the sale department.

RICHARD ADYE BAILEY . I am a clerk in the Bank of England—I produce a cancelled Bank of England note for 10l., dated 8th January, No. 91,418—it was paid in on 27th May last by the London and County Bank—it has the names of "Smith, Broad Street," on it.

THOMAS BALDWIN (City Policeman 555). I took the prisoner into custody at a public-house in Leadenhall Street, on the 1st of June—I told him the charge—he said he knew nothing about it—I found on him three pawnbrokers' duplicates, some betting memorandums, a purse, and a knife—I found this clock at his lodgings.

FRANCES ANN JENNINGS . I am assistant to Mr. Tullett, a grocer, who keeps a Post Office in Shoreditch—I received this 10l. note, No. 91,419, on the 25th of May, in payment for 1l. worth of postage stamps—it was from a man—I don't know who it was—my initials are on the note.

RANDAL JAMES (re-examined). There is the date of 24th May on this note in my writing—I put that on directly I received it—I did not receive any other 10l. notes about that time—I can't say whether I received any others that day from Williams, Deacon & Co.—I might—there is no one here from Williams & Deacon's—I never paid any 10l. note to the prisoner—no one but my fellow clerk would have access to the counting-house.

GUILTY .— Six Months' Imprisonment.

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