11th January 1892
Reference Numbert18920111-211
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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211. HENRY ALBERT RAVEN , Forging and uttering an order for the payment of £6, with intent to defraud.

MR. F. FULTON Prosecuted.

ARTHUR TALBOT SMITH . I am a member of the Bar, but not in practice—I live at Hampton Cottage, Sunbury—the prisoner came into my service as page boy in July—I request my servants to give their names and addresses, and the prisoner went out of the room and brought back this paper (produced) just written—he remained with me till October—about October 1st I was coming up to London, and did not require his services—I bank at the London and Westminster Bank—I kept my cheque-book in a drawer of a writing-table in the dining-room, which was almost always locked—the key was on my watch-chain, on my dressing-table—he had access to that room and to the keys in the morning—I draw cheques for wages every week, and he has got cheques cashed for me—they were often changed at Mr. Trotter's, the fishmonger—after the prisoner left my service I got my bank-book and found three forgeries—no part of these three cheques (produced) is written by me or by my orders—I examined my cheque-book, and found cheques 75, 76, 91, and 92 had been torn out—I do not think the signatures are good imitations of mine—here are three signatures of the prisoner, in this servants' wages-book, and I have no doubt that the signatures to these cheques are the prisoner's—this "5"in "September 5," and the "g"in "wages" and the "g"in "bridge,"in the address, are exactly the same; and the "H "in "House," and the "H"in "H. Raven,"his own signature.

Cross-examined by the prisoner. You used to come into my room and take my clothes' out and brush them—I never heard you take the keys.

ERNEST WILLIAM TROTTER . I am postmaster at Sunbury—I cashed these two cheques of 5th and 12th December, for some person whom I do not remember, and paid them into my bank—I was in the habit of cashing small cheques for wages for Mr. Smith—they were sometimes brought by the prisoner, sometimes by other servants and messengers.

WILLIAM DUNN . I am a clerk in the London and Westminster Bank, Westminster branch—Mr. Arthur Talbot Smith is a customer of ours—thee three cheques were paid by the bank and passed through the-Clearing-house,

and Mr. Smith was debited with them—they all three came through Messrs. Glyn.

HARRY MORGAN (Detective F). On 8th December, from information I received, I went to Lily Road, Fulham, and found the prisoner—I said, I am Inspector Morgan. You are charged with stealing three blank cheques, filling them in, and uttering them"—he said, "No"—I took him to the station, showed him the three cheques, and said, "Mr. Smith says they are in your writing"—he said, "No, sir."


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