23rd April 1888
Reference Numbert18880423-465
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty
SentencesImprisonment > penal servitude; Miscellaneous > fine

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465. HENRY NORRIS, alias BEAUCHAMP , PLEADED GUILTY to stealing jewellery, value 719l. 10s., the property of Francis Thompson; also to stealing an overcoat and other articles of Sidney Hunt . He was further charged with two previous convictions of felony at Croydon in August, 1859, and at Dublin in August 1865, to which he pleaded


MR. MEAD Prosecuted; MR. BESLEY Defended.

BARTHOLOMEW POWER . I am a prison warder at Spike Island, Ireland—the prisoner was in my custody there in 1870—this is the certificate of

his conviction (produced); he was sentenced totwenty years' penal servitude for forging post-office orders.

Cross-examined by MR. BESLEY. I was not present at his trial—I never saw this certificate till it was given to me to bring over—I knew the charge on which he was convicted in 1865 from the books, but I never saw him till 1870—this (produced) is his photograph in 1881, when he was discharged.

Re-examined I first saw him in 1870; he was then a convict at Spike Island prison under my supervision till 1881, when he was discharged on license—I knew him as John Vanderstein, and this is the photograph of the man I had in my charge.

WILLIAM SMEE (Police Sergeant G. P. O.) In 1865 I was present at the prisoner's trial in Dublin, with two others, for forging and uttering money orders—he was convicted and sentenced totwenty years' penal servitude.

Cross-examined. I had not seen the three men before they were con-victed; and I did not see the prisoner afterwards for twenty-three years, not till I saw him in London in 1886.

Re-examined The trial lasted a day and a half, and I was in Court all the time—I was not a witness, I was sent for a special purpose—he was tried as Vanderstein, alias Norris—the prisoner is the man. (Upon MR. MEAD asking, whether the prisoner was charged at Dublin in 1865 with a previous conviction at Croydon,MR. BESLEY objected, contending that the only evidence that could be given would be that of some person who was present in 1865, upon which MR. MEAD did not press the question.)

GUILTY of the conviction in Dublin, and

NOT GUILTY of the conviction at Croydon.— Ten Years' Penal Servitude , and to pay 100l. to the representatives of Francis Thompson. The Grand Jury commended the conduct of the Police, in which the Court concurred.

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