2nd July 1888
Reference Numbert18880702-702
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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702. HENRY SALT (52) , Stealing a harmonium the property of Louisa Blackman

MR.BODKIN prosecuted

THOMAS BLACKMAN . I am manager to my aunt, Louisa Blackman, a Pianoforte manufacturer, of 71, Brixton Road—the prisoner came there in January, and said he knew our old firm in Blackford Road seven years ago, and had bought instruments of us—he required a harmonium, and said he was a master builder, and had lived at 24, Dalziel Road, Stockwell, 12 months—I supplied him with a harmonium for which he was to pay 7s. a month—he signed this agreement "Henry George Hall"—he paid one instalment in advance that day—I applied for the Subsequent instalments, and found he had gone—when I took the Instrument there was furniture, but when I applied for the money every thing was gone—about six or seven weeks after the instrument had been sent I saw the prisoner in Denmark Street; Mr. Jones was with me—I said "I have come about our instrument"—he said he did not know where it had gone; his wife did, but she was away—I asked for Mr. Hall, but "Salt, builder," was on the door—he asked to get his coat, and we saw no more of him—after he had gone I saw his wife, though he had said that she was in the country.

Cross-examined by the prisoner. I saw your wife, who told me you were about to remove—I asked her to let me know when, and you came, and said that you were going at 6 o'clock next morning—I did not come with a van at 6 next morning—I never saw you—a man was moving furniture out of the house, and I walked upstairs—you did not tell me that you got the harmonium for a lodger—I never got it back, or anything but the 7s

JOHN HENRY BLEWETT . I am a builder, of West Dulwich, and agent for letting 24, Dalziel Road, Stockwell, which I let to the prisoner on 16th July for 26l. a year; this is the agreement—he signed it, "Henry Hall," in my presence—I received this letter on 25th March. (This stated that he was sorry he had had to leave the house in the way he had done, but his wife would not remain any longer. Signed, H.G. HALL. I went to the house, and found it shut up—the key accompanied the letter—he owed two quarters' rent—I traced him to Denmark Street, Camberwell, but have not spoken to him.

JOHN JONES . I am in the pianoforte trade at 40, Gibson Buildings, Stoke Newington—I was with Mr. Blackman when he asked the prisoner What he had done with his harmonium—he said his wife knew where it Was; he did not, and she was in the country—I was his wife half an hour afterwards.

WILLIAM VALENTINE RYDE . I am in the employ of Grove and Co., and have the letting of 39, Denmark Street, which I let to the defendant about the end of February in the name of Henry Salt—this agreement was drawn up—he gave me two references—one was to Mr.G. Hall, 24, Dalziel road, Stockwell, his landlord—I wrote to both references, and received these replies (produced.)

GEORGE EDWARDS (Detective Sergeant). On 26th March went to 39, Denmark Street, Camberwell—"H. Salt and Co., house decorators," was on the window—the prisoner opened the door, and I said "Mr. Salt"—he said "He is out"—I said "Who are you?"—he said "Mr. Salt is out"—I stepped into the passage and said "Your name is Hall"—he said "No, it is not "Isaid "You were living at 24, Dalziel

Street, Stockwell"—he said "Yes, I was"—I said "You were living therein the name of Hall"—he said "That is right"—I said "I am a police-officer; I am going to arrest you on a warrant for obtaining an organ from Mr. Blackman, of Brixton Road"—he said "It is quite right"—I said "Then you are the man; I shall take you in custody"—he said "I done Mr. Blackman a good turn; I got a piano back for him"—I took him in custody—he said "Let me go and leave a note for my wife, who is out"—he slipped along the passage to the kitchen, but I pushed the door against him, and took him to the station, where he gave his name. Henry Salt, 39, Denmark Street, Camberwell, carpenter—I said "You had better give your right name; the warrant is in the name of Hall"—he said "Salt is my right name"—I told him he was accused of receiving an organ from Mr. Blackman, and he admitted it.

Cross-examined. On the way to the station I said "What was your object in denying that your name is Salt?"—he said "I did not wish any bother at the house."

GUILTY . — Six Months' Hard Labour.

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