2nd July 1888
Reference Numbert18880702-699
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour; Imprisonment > hard labour

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699. GEORGE HOPE (20) and SARAH COLLINS (19) , Burglary in the dwelling-house of Edward Layton, and stealing two pairs of boots and other goods. Second Count, for receiving.


JOHN COLLINS . I live at 36, Milfield Road, East Dulwich—the female prisoner is my sister—I know Hope by his living with her at 13, Pelham Road, Peckham—this pair of boots (produced) is mine—on 28th May he gave me this other pair, and I left mine behind—he said they would do for him to wear about the house—I saw no more of him.

JOHN EDWARD LAYTON . I live with my father, John Layton, at Walton Lodge, Honor Oak Road—I was at home on the night of 1st June—this pair of boots belongs to my father; they were missing on the morning of the 2nd.

LOUISA LAWRENCE . I am housemaid in Mr. Lay ton's service—on 1st June, about half-past 10, I secured the doors and windows; I was the last up downstairs; the scullery window was latched, and all was secure when I went to bed—I came down about 10 minutes to 7 next morning—I found that the scullery window had been unlatched, but closed down—the cupboard doors in the kitchen and pantry were wide open—I had left

this pair of Mr. Layton's boots by the scullery window the night before; they were gone, also two silver spoons, a silver brooch, a silk handkerchief, and a plum pudding, which I afterwards found in the summer house in the garden, with a piece cut off the top—I also found there this pair of boots, which have been identified by John Collins.

FREDERICK CARTER . I am assistant to George Macklin, a pawnbroker,136, Commercial Road, Peckham—on Saturday, 2nd June, about the middle of the day, the prisoner Collins pawned this pair of boots in the name of Edwards—she said they were her husband's, and he had bought them second-hand.

LOUISA EVANS . I am cook to Mrs. Laura Deacon, of 291, Stanstead Road, Forest Hill, which is no great distance from Honor Oak Road—on Friday night, 25th May, I locked up the house—next morning I found the pantry door locked on the inside; I had left it locked with the key in the door—some days afterwards I found the pantry key in the kitchen cupboard—from the kitchen I missed a night-dress, 6s. in money, and five postage stamps; the kitchen window was open, and the Venetian blind was tied up to a bar outside—I missed a silver inkstand from the drawing-room—the night-dress is one I made myself, and had my name on it; this (produced) is it, but the name has been cut out.

KATE FISHER . I am housemaid to Mrs. Deacon—on 26th May, when I came down in the morning, I went into the morning-room; I found the drawers and everything disarranged, also in the dining-room, from which I missed two silver salt spoons and a silver dessert knife, from the kitchen a night-gown of Evans's, and throe others, three petticoats, one of red wool, a pair of boots of my mistress's, and from the pantry a silk handkerchief, a silver skewer, and a silver spoon; this (produced) is the handkerchief, and this is the red petticoat, and these are the three night-dresses and the boots.

Collins. This handkerchief is mine; I bought it in the holiday week. Witness. I am sure it is mine.

JOHN FLOOD . I am a pawnbroker at 39, Pelham Road, Peckham—on 26th May this pair of lady's boots were pawned with me by the prisoner Collins in the name of Edwards for half-a-crown; she said they were her own.

BENJAMIN BENNETT (Detective Sergeant P). On Sunday, 3rd June, I went to 13, Pelham Road, Peckham, and there found Collins in a room where Hope was in bed—I told her I was an officer, and I believe she had pawned a pair of side-spring boots that had been stolen yesterday from a place at Sydenham that had been broken into—she said no, they were not side-spring boots, they were button boots—I said she had better tell the truth about them—I took her into custody and took her to the station, leaving Hope in bed—afterwards, on 21st June, I saw him in Rye Lane, Peckham—I told him 1 was a police-officer, and should take him into custody for being concerned with Shillingworth and others in breaking into a house at Sydenham; he said he knew nothing about it—I took him to Peckham Station, where he was detained—I there produced to him the pair of boots which have been identified by John Collins—I said "l am told these are your boots"—he said they were not; he knew nothing about them—I asked him to fit them on; he did so, and they fitted him tolerably—he then said "I will tell you the truth, governor; these are my boots," and he made a statement, which Sergeant Winzer

took down; it was read over to him in my presence, and I saw him sign it.

Cross-examined. by Hope. You had been drinking; I gave you a bottle of lemonade and some tea, not any spirits—you were much more sober when you made the statement than when I arrested you—I did not say I wanted to get Shillingworth a pair of knickerbockers, and I could got you some gold when you came out, that you should not get more than six, and that would do you good; nothing of the sort.

JOHN WINZER (Police Sergeant B). I went to 13, Pelham Road, on 4th June, the day after Collins was arrested—in the room occupied by Collins I found two bedgowns, one of which Evans identified and the other Mrs. Deacon; the first has the mark cut out, the other is marked Deacon—Collins, after being before the Magistrate on 4th June, was remanded—I afterwards searched the cell she had occupied while she was under remand I found this red flannel petticoat belonging to Mrs. Deacon's servant behind the heating apparatus—I saw Hope at the station on 21st June between 3 and 4; he made a statement in my hearing which I took down—I told him I should do so—I read it over to him and he signed it. (Bead: "I am only guilty of doing one job with Shillingworth, and that was at Honor Oak; that was where I left the boots what Sarah's brother Jack left behind at my house in Pelham Road. I did not get into the house, I asked Shillingworth to pass them out to me; the boots I could not see, they were underneath the table. He gave me the boots out and I put them on and walked home with them. He brought them out to the window and a plum pudding, and then came out and we went into the summer-house. I cut the top off and I eat a piece, he did not. We both left, and I went one way and ho another. It was on a Saturday morning. I did not see any more of Shillingworth till about 9 or 10 the same morning. Sarah and I had nothing in the house to eat, so I took the boots that were stolen over to Shillingworth, who was in O'Dell's house. I said to Shilling worth, 'These had better be pawned because they would do for some thing to eat.' Sarah came in about this time, and she took the boots away to pawn. She came back and put the money on the table. There was only Shillingworth and myself in the room at the time, the ticket was thrown on the fire, but I don't know who threw it. I said to Shillingworth 'We had better share it,' and I took, I think, about 1s. 3 1/2 d. I left, and have not seen Shillingworth since—I make this statement voluntarily to get O'Dell out of it, as he is innocent; he knows nothing at all about it.") He had evidently been drinking, but he knew perfectly well what he was about—he had in my presence a bottle of lemonade and some tea and a bloater—that was all he had in my presence—when Collins was brought to the station on 3rd June she was wearing this silk handkerchief (produced)—I took it from her neck; she said "This is mine."

Cross-examined. by Hope. We did not send out for pots of mild and bitter—we were not all drunk together at the station—I did not begin making the statement on paper before you said anything—you signed your statement immediately after making it—I did not say I would give you a bit of gold when you came out for having signed it.

Hope, in his defence, said he wax guilty of stealing the boots, and

that he asked Collins to pawn them, but that she was innocent, as she did not know anything about them.

GUILTY . —HOPE**— Eighteen Months' Hard Labour.

COLLINS— Nine Months' Hard Labour. (See the case of Shillingworth and others, page 357.)

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