29th December 1884
Reference Numbert18841229-207
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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207. WALTER DENHAM (70) , Robbery with violence on Mary Keown, and stealing a purse, 15s., and a railway ticket and other articles.

MR. PURCELL Prosecuted.

MARY KEOWN . I live at 89, Tedworth Square, Chelsea—at 20 minutes past 3 p.m. on 7th January I was walking in Ranelagh Gardens, Chelsea, with my sister's two children, and passed the prisoner carrying a largesized stone—he came directly behind me with the stone raised as if to strike me—I at once turned and faced him—he then raised a stick—I did not notice what became of the stone—I caught hold of the stick, and both he and I had hold of it together—then he let go the stick and drew an open knife similar to this (produced) and said "Your money or your life"—I preferred to give the money; I let go the stick and gave him my purse, which I took from my dress pocket—he took it and walked away; I did not follow him—my purse contained half-a-sovereign, two florins, and a shilling, half a railway ticket from Sloane Square to Aldersgate Street or Sloane Square to Portland Road, a receipt with my address, 39, Ted worth Square, on it, and some postage-stamps—I found a constable and sent him after the prisoner.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I have no aboubt about you being the man.

Re-examined. At the police-court I said I was sure he was the man.

MARY ANN COKEHAM . I am an unfortunate, and live at 8, Turk's Road, Chelsea—about 5 minutes to 4 on the afternoon of 7th June I was in the Snow Shoes public-house, Pimlioo Road, and saw the prisoner there—he showed me a brown leather purse with a shield clasp; I saw inside two two-shilling pieces, a shilling, half a railway ticket, a paper, and three stamps—he wanted me to buy the purse for 6d.; I would not—he paid for my drink, two pints of beer, and he treated another lady too to two half-quarterns of rum—he remained there till half-past 9 or a little more.

Cross-examined. I never had the pocket-book—you offered it to the landlady previously—I never left the house with it—it was a purse, not a pocket-book—I saw the things in it in the afternoon, afterwards I saw it was empty.

Re-examined. I saw the prisoner give a two-shilling place to a woman in the Snow Shoes.

MARY MAUD BULLIMORE . I was the wife of Foster Bullimore, the landlord of the Snow Shoes—on Wednesday evening, 7th January, about half-past 8, I saw the prisoner in our public-house—he wished me to look at a purse; I did so; it was brown leather, lined with cream, with a silver shield outside; inside it I saw a farthing, half a return ticket from Portland Road to Sloane Square, and an ironmonger's bill with "39, Tedworth Square" on the wrong side—the prisoner wished me to buy it; I said I did not do such things—he only had two half-pints of ale in the house.

TIMOTHY TURNER . I am a staff-sergeant of pensioners at West Prompton Pension District—about 2.30 on 7th January the prisoner came to our office and asked me if I had got a transfer from Liverpool for him—I asked his name; he said Renham, I thought—I told him we had not got any transfer at all—he told me he had got no money, and asked me if I could give him some till he got the pension transfer—I told him I could not.

THOMAS WILSON (Policeman B). On the night of 7th January, about 9.30, I went with Scott to the Snow Shoes, and found the prisoner there with several ladies—I said, "I will take you into custody for stealing a purse from a lady in Chelsea College Gardens by threats"—he said, "I know nothing about it, I have not been in College Gardens, I don't know where they are"—College Gardens is the lower part of Ranelagh Gardens towards the Thames Embankment—I saw Cokeham at the public-house—I found on the prisoner this knife and 4d.

MARY KEOWN (Re-examined). My purse was a dark brown or red leather colour with a shield-shaped fastening, and I think yellow inside—cream colour would be a description—it was a new purse.

The Prisoner's Statement before the Magistrate. "I had a purse, and offered it to the landlady for sale; she refused to buy it. The young girl who gave evidence against me is a prostitute; she asked me to let her look at the purse; she took it away to sell, and never gave me any money afterwards. I saw her and asked for my purse; she laughed at me and said I did not give it to her."

The prisoner in his defence stated that he had been in the Army, and bess wounded in the head, shoulder, and abdomen, and that he could not move his right hand or arm, nor hold a knife in it.

MARY KEOWN (Re-examined). I cannot say which hand he held the stone in; the stick he held in both, and the knife in his left hand.

GUILTY .— Twelve Months' hard Labour.

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