23rd April 1888
Reference Numbert18880423-477
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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477. WILLIAM BROOKER (18) , Burglary in the dwelling-house of Robert Letley, and stealing 89 cigars, his property.

MR. LYNES Prosecuted.

GEORGE GARDNER (Policeman E 270). On 6th April, at 2 a. m., I was in Eagle Street and saw the prisoner and another man—I stopped him at 40, Eagle Street, a common lodging-house, and said "What have you got under your coat?"—he said "What do you mean?"—the other man ran away, the prisoner attempted to follow him, but I seized him, we scuffled, and this box of cigars (produced) fell at his feet—I took him to the station with the cigars—he said he knew nothing about them.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. The box was not there before; it fell from you in the scuffle—I had noticed that your coat was bulky.

ROBERT LESLIE . I am a tobacconist and dining-room keeper, of 109, High Holborn—I was called by the police about 3 a. m., and found a pane of glass a quarter of an inch thick, in front of my house, had been first cut and then broken—I have no shutters—these cigars were safe in the window at a quarter to 12 when I went to bed, and the window was fast—I live over the shop—a man could put his hand through the broken window and take the cigars.

FREDERICK CROSS (Policeman E 353). On 6th April, about 3 a. m., I found Mr. Leslie's window broken, and called him up—I had seen the window all right three-quarters of an hour before.

The prisoner in his defence said that the other man dropped the cigars and that he never had them.

GUILTY He then PLEADED GUILTY** to a conviction at Newington, in January, 1887, in the name of William Sykes.— Nine Months' Hard Labour.

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