19th November 1877
Reference Numbert18771119-39
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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39. WILLIAM DENNIS (20) and JOHN DONOVAN (32) , Stealing a watch and pipe of Thos. John Berry from his person.

MR. GOODMAN conducted the Prosecution.

THOMAS BERRY . I live at 75, Ground Street, Poplar, and am a seaman—last Saturday evening I was locked up, and when asleep in the cell I heard a noise and two men going on some thing about doing' three stretches, and I woke up and Donovan came and snatched my watch—I got up and said "One of these two men have stolen my watch"—with that he called me a "b——y convict," and struck me in the eye. and knocked me down in the corner of the cell, and when I was getting up the other prisoner, kicked me in the side—my watch was worth 4l.—I got up and kicked at the cell door, and the police came—this is the watch (produced).

Dennis. I can assure you I know nothing about the affair at all—I work hard—that pipe is what I had.

Donovan. He swore down at the other Court that he didn't know who took the watch from him, and that this man (Dennis) struck him first.

STEPHEN ROLAND (Policeman 73 K). I heard a knocking at the cell door at 7.30 on Saturday night, and I went to the cell and saw Donovan; strike the prosecutor in the eye—I opened the door immediately—he said "These thieves have stolen my pipe"—I brought them out and had them searched for the pipe, and saw Detective Craven take the watch from Donovan's left-hand side pocket—I afterwards took the pipe from Dennis's right-hand coat pocket—I took them to the cell.

By the COURT. They were all drunk—they were all put together, because we have only four cells at Poplar, and the others were occupied.


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