23rd May 1881
Reference Numbert18810523-540
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude; Imprisonment > hard labour

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540. GEORGE REDHEAD (22), THOMAS BROWN (21), and GEORGE ALLEN (19) , Robbery together with violence upon William John Maynard, and stealing a ring, his property.

MR. DUFF Prosecuted; MR. FRITH defended Allen.

JOHN MAYNARD . On the 7th inst. I was taking my daughter home from my sister-in-law's—in Wilkins Street I waited to light my pipe—my daughter went on—she was dragged across the road—I found her lying on the kerb by a lamp, with Redhead's arm round her waist—Redhead knocked me down, and all of them came on the top of me—they knocked my hat off—one of them said, "We don't want his hat, we want his ring"—one of them held my hand and another took the ring—my

finger was bitten—I identify Bedhead as the one who knocked me down.

Cross-examined by MR. FRITH. Redhead took the ring, Brown held my hand—the ring was not loose—it is my wife's—I had no power to defend myself—I did not say a word to the constable about losing my ring because the prisoners were not apprehended—I did tell the inspector about it at the station—I gave evidence on the 7th May, and again on the 9th—I missed my ring on the night of the occurrence—I did not speak of it on the 7th because Bedhead was not apprehended—nobody was looking on because it was late at night—I never said, "Kick him"—they kicked me.

CHARLES MILLER (Police Sergeant). In consequence of information I received, I apprehended Bedhead on the 7th inst. at a lodging-house in the Prince of Wales's Boad, called the Grafton Chambers—I told him I should take him for an assault on Mr. Maynard, and taking his ring from his finger—I apprehended Brown at Hounslow on the 13th—he said, "I was there with Allen; Bedhead caught hold of the girl; she smacked his face, then he threw her down, her father came to her assistance, and he struck him; but if Bedhead stole the ring I know nothing about it, but stood by and did nothing."

Cross-examined by MR. FRITH. The prosecutor first mentioned about stealing the ring when Allen was charged with an indecent assault—when he was asked why he did not mention it before, he said, "Because Allen did not take any part in stealing the ring."

ELLEN MAYNARD . On the morning of the 7th inst. I was going home with my father—one of the prisoners threw me down—father came up and asked me what they were doing—one of the prisoners gave father a violent blow—I halloæd out "Police!" and the prisoners ran away.

Cross-examined by MR. FRITH. My father did not say anything to the inspector about losing his ring because he had his finger bit—Allen took no part in the robbery.

Redhead's Defence. All Maynard says is false; I knocked up against his daughter, she smacked my face, and called her father; he collared me and we both fell in the road together—I did not take the ring or anything.

Brown's Defence, It is all false; I never went near one of them.

Witness for Brown.

MARIA JONES . On Saturday morning, 7th May, I was at the corner of Wilkins Street—Brown did not strike Maynard—I did not see him go near the young woman—Brown was on the left-hand side of the path.

REDHEAD— GUILTY *. He also PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction of felony in December, 1878, at Middlesex Sessions.— Five Years' Penal Servitude.

BROWN and ALLEN GUILTY .— Eighteen Months' Hard Labour each.

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