17th September 1888
Reference Numbert18880917-837
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown

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837. GEORGE PEACOCK (23) and JAMES SMITH, Stealing a bag, a bracelet, and several articles of wearing apparel, the property of the London and North Western Railway Company, to which


MR. GRAIN Prosecuted.

HENRY SAMUEL KYNASTON (Railway Detective). On 30th August, about 7 p.m., I was watching in the Grand Hall at Euston Station, and saw Peacock sitting on a seat, looking at some luggage—Smith was walking about the hall; they joined one another and conversed—at 7.10 Johnson joined me—the prisoners continued to watch the luggage, and about 7.45 a porter brought a barrow of luggage, and a lady and gentleman followed him—the porter left to get some labels, and the prisoners walked about, and returned to the hall again, and sat down—a gentleman placed his coat and bag on a slab—Smith walked up to it, looked at it, and went into the booking-office—Peacock placed his hand on it, but seeing a policeman in uniform he walked into the booking-office—they then returned to the hall, sat down, and remained till 9.10, when Smith got up and walked to a barrow of luggage and picked up this bag (produced)—Peacock walked close behind him—they were leaving the station by a side gate—I stopped Smith and asked him what he was going to do with the bag—he said "It is mine"—I said "You have stolen it"—he said "I have not"—Johnson took Peacock, and they were taken to the inspector's office.

GEORGE EDWARD BARNES . I am a lieutenant in the Royal Marine Infantry—on August 30th I accompanied my sister to Euston—the luggage was placed on a barrow in the large hall; the bag was with it—I went into the waiting-room for a short time—a detective called me, and I missed the bag from the barrow—the contents were worth about 10.; it belonged to Miss Frazer, who was with my sister.

ROBERT CARAHER (Policeman S 200). The prisoners were given my charge—I searched Smith, but found no railway ticket on him.

Smith's Statement before the Magistrate.—"I am guilty, Sir."


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