9th January 1888
Reference Numbert18880109-212
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour; Corporal > whipping

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212. ROBERT RATTRAY, Robbery with violence, and with other persons, on Alfred Wallace, and stealing from his person 2l. 15s., his money.

MR. SIMMS Prosecuted.

ALFRED WALLACE . I am a plasterer, of 52, Deptford Road, Stoke Newington—on Christmas Eve, between 1 and 2 o'clock, I was in Bethnal Green Road, going home, and was attacked by four men; the prisoner was one of them—they seized me, and dragged me down Little York Street—they had something in their hands, and the prisoner told me to deliver up all I possessed or they would stab me to death—they took from me 2l. 15s. 8d. and a pipe—they threw me on the ground, but they first put me up against some railings, and the prisoner and another man held me there while the other two searched my pockets—I did not struggle—they had been striking me about my head with their fists—after they got the money they told me to take off my clothes and to give them my boots—I halloaed out "Murder!" and "Police!" and then the prisoner and another man struck me on my head with something heavy, and I fell, and while I was on the ground two others kicked me—three ran one way and the prisoner ran towards Bethnal Green Road—a policeman stopped him—I said "You are one of them"—he said "What is the matter, old man?"—I gave him in charge—a doctor dressed my wounds, and I have been an out-patient at the hospital ever since—I am still suffering.

ARTHUR JACOBS (Policeman H 77). I was on duty, heard cries of "Murder!" and "Police!" and met the prisoner turning the corner of Bethnal Green Road and Eton Street—I asked him what was the matter—he said "The man is mad, "and ran towards Wallace, who was running on the opposite side of the road—I ran with him, halloaed, identified him, and gave him in custody—he said "He is making a fuss; he has lost about 2 1/2 d."—Wallace was bleeding from his head.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. There was no one in the street but you and Wallace, and you were running away from him.

GUILTY . — Fifteen Months' Hard Labour and Twenty Strokes with the Cat.

For Cases tricd in Old Court, Thursday and Friday, and New Court, Friday, see Kent and Surrey Cases.

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