3rd March 1890
Reference Numbert18900303-274
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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274. CHARLES CARTER (22) , Burglary in the dwelling-house of Mark Coates, with intent to steal.

WILLIAM TAPLEY . I live at 69, Ashmore Road, Paddington—on 8th February, about 1.30 a.m., I was coming down Fernhill Road and heard a smashing of glass; I told two constables, and we all went to No. 27 and saw a window broken on the ground floor, and someone crossing the room; one constable turned his lantern on and one went to the front door; I got in at the window, and remained till the prisoner was brought out.

WILLIAM HATCHER (Policeman X 357). Tapley called me, and I went down Barnsdale Road on one side and another constable on the other side looking for a broken window—I had heard a smashing of glass—when I got to No. 57 I saw the breakfast-room window was broken; I turned my light on, but did not see any one—I went in by the window and found the prisoner in a corner—he said, "All right, old man, you have got me; I will go quietly"—he was taken to the station—I found on him this paper with addresses on it, a pencil, and a muffler—the window had been broken from the outside, because the glass had fallen inside; he could then unfasten the catch and throw up the sash, but it had been closed again—he might have been drinking, but he was not drunk.

MARK COATES . I am a signal fitter of 37, Barnsdale Road, Paddington—on 7th February I went to bed about 10 o'clock, leaving my wife up—I was awoke about 1.30, and heard some one in the basement; I was called at the same time by the nurse who was looking after a sick person—I went down and found the prisoner in custody, and the window broken near the catch, and some blood on a little cloth close by—I missed nothing

—the prisoner appealed to be acting drunk at the station; I have been an abstainer for twenty years, and I should have smelt him if he had been drinking; there was a table with flowers in front of the window, and even a sober man, if he was a stranger, would have great difficulty' in getting in without upsetting it.

SARAH COATES . I am the wife of the last witness—on 7th February I bolted all the doors and windows, and this window was quite safe—I was awakened I corroborate my husband's evidence.

MARTIN WALSH (Police Inspector X). I examined these premises—an entry had been effected by breaking the breakfast-parlour window over the catch, forcing back the catch, and lifting the lower portion of the window—the frill of it is about three feet from the ground; nothing was easier—a drunken man would have knocked down almost all the articles in the window, but they were not disturbed—I saw blood-stains on the sash, caused in undoing it—there were scratches on the prisoner's left-hand and nose—he staggered about a good deal, but he was not drunk, because when I put him into the cell passage he suddenly walked very well.

The Prisoner, in his statement before the Magistrate and in his defence, said that he teas so drunk that he scarcely remembered anything about it. GUILTY .

He then PLEADED GUILTY** to a conviction at Middlesex Sessions on 16th July, 1888, in the name of John Allen. — Eighteen Months' Hard Labour.

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