19th March 1888
Reference Numbert18880319-410a
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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410. FREDERICK WADE (20) , Stealing a watch and chain, the property of Edward Simmons, from his person.

MR. SAUNDERS Prosecuted; MR. BURNIE Defended.

EDWARD SIMMONS . I am a shipwright, living at Watton Street, Dept ford—about 12.30, on 1st March, I was in the Amhurst Arms, Deptford—I unbuttoned my coat and took out 6d. to pay for some beer; I received 4 1/2 d. in change—while I was doing so the prisoner, who was in the house, took my watch and chain—I was wearing it in front of my waistcoat, and part of it round my neck—he jumped for the door and I jumped after him, and caught him before he got outside—I saw the watch and chain go out of his hand—I kept hold of him and called for the police—I was thrown down, but retained my hold of him—there were several other people in the public-house—I am quite sure he is the man.

Cross-examined by. There were a great many people in the bar—it was about closing time—I was waiting for the declaration of the poll—I had not been two minutes in the house when my watch was stolen—I had been two hours in the New Cross Road, but in no other public-house—I am quite sure the prisoner is the man who robbed me—a crowd gathered outside and there was a great deal of pushing and struggling.

Re-examined. This is a portion of my chain—I do not know what became of the watch.

HARRY FORD (Policeman P 505). I heard cries of police and went to the Amhurst Arms—I saw the prisoner being held, and he was fighting his way through the crowd—I got hold of him and said "Stop a moment," and the prosecutor said "Keep hold of that man, he has got my watch and chain—the prosecutor was lying on the ground—I took the prisoner into custody—the next morning I went to the spot where I took him, and found this portion of the chain.

Cross-examined by. There was a great crowd outside the house.

THOMAS HILL (Policeman P 382). I was outside the Amhurst Arms and saw the prosecutor and the prisoner—I saw the scuffle and the prosecutor thrown to the ground—I caught hold of the prisoner by the arm—I was thrown to the ground—I got up and assisted in taking the prisoner to the station.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIE There was great excitement and a great crowd.


He also PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction of felony at Guildhall in June,1887.— Six Months' Hard Labour.

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