16th September 1889
Reference Numbert18890916-720
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > with recommendation
SentenceMiscellaneous > sureties; Imprisonment > hard labour

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720. EDWARD COLEMAN (27) and JOSEPH DRAKE (17) , Burglary in the dwelling-house of Emily Green, and stealing a pair of drawers and other articles.


MR. HUGGINS Prosecuted, and MR. THORNE COLE Defended Drake.

EMILY SMITH . I am the landlady of 12, Ship Alley, St. George's—on 31st July I went to bed at half-past ten, leaving all the doors and windows bolted—I awoke at half-past four, and found Coleman with his hand across my throat—I got up and followed him into the kitchen, into which my bedroom leads; both rooms are level with the street; there is only a door between them—I saw Drake in the kitchen, taking clothes out of a box which was closed but not locked—Coleman said, "If you scream, you beast, I will murder you"—Drake, who was standing by, could hear that—they then both ran-out—the clothes Drake took from the box had been made into a bundle, and were left on the floor some distance from the box—I cried for police—after the prisoners had gone I found the kitchen window (which had been left fastened the night before) open, and three out of five flower-pots were taken off the sill—the catch, an old one, was off—I missed a clock from my bedroom mantelpiece—someone found it in the Square—these are my things—I never saw Drake in my bedroom.

STEPHEN WATSON (Policeman H 424). At half-past four on the morning of 31st July I heard a noise, and I saw two men running—Iran after and shouted to them—they turned into Brockhurst Road—when they saw me they tried to increase their speed—I blew my whistle—they went through North-East Passage, and turned into Cable Street—ultimately I got them—I took Coleman into custody—I was single handed—I took the prisoners back to Ship Alley, where Emily Smith charged them.

Cross-examined. I arrested Coleman 400 or 500 yards from where the prosecutrix lived, I should say—I saw another constable arrest Drake about ten yards from where I arrested Coleman.

FRANK PRATT (Policeman H 274.) At twenty minutes to five on 31st July I heard screams in Ship Alley in a female voice—I was 500 yards off—I ran there, and saw the prosecutrix at her door—she pointed to two men running, and made a complaint to me, and subsequently I saw 424 H—I arrested Drake—he said, "I never saw the prisoner (meaning Coleman)

until to-night; he dragged me into it; we got over the wall in the alley, through the window into the room; we only slept in the watchman's box for a blind"—where they were repairing the roads there was a box.

Cross-examined. I took Drake into custody near where the other constable had Coleman—Drake said, "I asked a watchman to let us sleep in his box as a blind; we were going away to sea to-morrow"—Coleman told him to shut his b----y mouth, but said nothing else in his presence.

HENRY EVANS . I live at 208, High Street, Shadwell—at ten minutes to five on morning of 31st July I was sweeping the streets, and saw a constable running—I went to see what it was about, and saw Drake in custody—I saw this clock in the road, about twenty yards from where I first saw the prisoners—I took it to the station—I saw no one drop it.

The prisoner Drake received a good character from witnesses, who also stated that he was subject to epileptic fits.

GUILTY. Recommended to mercy on account of the fits. It was stated that his father had arranged for him to go into an epileptic hospital for six months.—Discharged on his father's recognisances.

COLEMAN then PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction of felony in July, 1887, at this Court, in the name of Dennis Boyle.— Eighteen Months' Hard Labour.

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