11th September 1882
Reference Numbert18820911-858
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour; Imprisonment > penal servitude

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858. ARTHUR SCHMITZ (20) and DAVID HUNTER (30) , Stealing 4lb. of perfume, and other goods, of Frederick Burbidge and others, the masters of Schmitz.

MR. GILL Prosecuted; MR. MONTAGU WILLIAMS Defended.

SAMUEL LYTHELL (City Detective Sergeant).I have seen the prisoners together at the European, opposite the Mansion House, and at the Red lion public-house—on 17th August I was watching the prosecutor's premises with Latter, and saw Schmitz leave and go into the Five Bells at the corner of Union Street—he had something bulky in his pocket—we went into another compartment—Hunter was in the same compartment as Schmitz—they had some ale which Hunter paid for—Schmitz took a small parcel from his right-hand coat pocket and handed it to Hunter, who put it into his coat pocket, and took some money from his trousers pocket—we then went round into their compartment, and as we vent in I saw Hunter give something to Schmitz—I caught hold of both their hands, and said to Hunter "Give it to me"—there was a slight struggle, and he put it in his left coat pocket—I put my hand in and took out 1l. 10s. 6d. in gold and silver, and from another pocket this parcel of nitrate of silver wrapped in newspaper—I said "We are police officers, and shall take you both in custody, and charge you with stealing this," speaking to Schmitz, "And you with receiving it knowing it to be stolen, speaking to Hunter—Hunter said "What stuff, he has only given it to me to hold"—Hunter said at the station "We were joking; I was only settling with him about a horse race"—he gave his address 31, Foster Street, Shepherd's Walk—I went there and found 29 bottles of drugs (produced).

Cross-examined. They are such goods as would be kept by druggists, drysalters, and importers of essential oils—I saw a quantity of invoices relating to drugs from different persons.

EDWARD LATTER (Detective Officer).I have heard Liddell's evidence; it is correct.

JAMES HARPER . I am buyer to James Burbidge and Co.; Smith was in their service, employed in the essential oil room; this bottle of nitrate of silver is worth 3l. 18s.

SCHMITZ received a good character.

GUILTY Eighteen Months' Hard Labour.

HUNTER— GUILTY . (It was stated that he had been discharged for dishonesty from fire or six employers, and was a receiver of stolen drugs) .—Seven Years' Penal Servitude.

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