27th July 1885
Reference Numbert18850727-790
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour; Imprisonment > hard labour

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790. GEORGE DUNK (23), JOHN WARREN (37), and JAMES COLEMAN (21) , Stealing two dozen spoons and other articles, the property of Henry Hill and others. WARREN PLEADED GUILTY .

MR. SCALES Prosecuted.

HENRY PERCY HILL . I am a baker, of 6, Evelina Road, Peckham—I have charge of the St. Catherine's Park Lawn Tennis Ground—I cater, and supply an assistant, who looks after the ground—on 24th June I locked up the place securely at 8.30—early next morning my assistant told me something, in consequence of which I went and found the place had been broken open—there had been a bar, with a strong padlock to fasten it; the padlock was broken—I had a clock there, and some spoons, mineral waters, biscuits, and cakes—I have not seen them since—there were some clothes there not my property.

EDGAR COOK . I am the last witness's assistant—I went to the pavilion on this Thursday morning—I found it had been broken open and the door shut, and the bar pulled across again—the cupboard behind the counter had been forced.

GEORGE JOHN NORTH . I live at 21, Culmore Road, Peckham, and am a clerk in an insurance office—I am secretary to the St. Catherine's Park Lawn Tennis Club—I produce this jacket in club colours, worth 1l. 1s., which I left with other articles and cricket things in the pavilion on the night of the 24th, in a bag locked and strapped at each end—when I saw it again the bag was still locked, but the ends had been forced open and the things taken.

FRANK HILLS . I am a wholesale linen draper, of 3, St. Paul's Church-yard, and a member of this club—these canvas shoes were stolen.

CHARLES MILLER (Detective Officer Y). I received information about the robbery after the prisoner had been a week in custody—on the 25th I was with other constables and saw three men come out of a public-house, each of them with a small bundle under his arm—I stopped and asked them what they had got—they said "What do you want to know for?"—I said we were police officers, and must take them to the station

—we searched them and found this jacket, a pair of boots, and other articles—they said they bought them in Petticoat Lane on the Sunday fortnight previous—we found property stolen from a cricket pavilion at Brockley.

Dunk and Colman stated in their defence that they had been led into it by Warran, who said he had bought them at a sale, and asked them to pawn them.

CHARLES MILLER . They were in possession of the property about eight hours after the burglary.

GUILTY . WARREN then PLEADED GUTLTY* to a conviction of felony in August, 1883, in the name of William Knight .— Two Years' Hard Labour. DUNK and COLEMAN— Twelve Months' Hard Labour each.

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