9th January 1893
Reference Numbert18930109-158
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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158. WILLIAM DAVIS (32) , Stealing thirty-eight printer's formes containing stereotype, the property of John Cowle. Second Count, Receiving the same.


WILLIAM CHURCH . I am in the employ of the Cabinet Printing Works, 20 and 22, Bride Street—about six p. m. on 16th December I was near those premises and saw the prisoner putting printing formes containing sixteen stereotype plates on a barrow; he had seven on the barrow, and I saw him put one on—I asked him where he was going—he said, "Hatton Garden"—I went in and saw my employer, William Tarver—the outside of our shop is well lighted with electric light—there were sixteen of these plates; two of them go into each for me.

WILLIAM TARVER . I am manager of the Cabinet Printing Works—on 16th December Church called me downstairs, and called my attention to something outside, where I found the prisoner with a barrow on which were these formes; they are mine—the prisoner had no right to be in possession of them—I gave him into Constable Morbey's charge—the plates are valuable as waste metal, but the chasing could be sold to any printer.

ALLEN MORBEY (481 City). On the night of 16th December the prisoner was given into my custody—I took him to the station, where he said, "I did not know I was stealing them; I was called from Robin Hood Court, Shoe Lane, by a man who asked me if I would like to earn a few coppers to give him a shove with the barrow up to the Rose public-house, Hatton Garden"—I went to the Rose public-house, Hatton Garden—I did not see anyone there who expected a barrow—the barrow had been stolen—the weight of these formes was seven or eight cwt.—with a bit of trouble one man could have pushed the barrow.

The prisoner in his statement before the Magistrate, and in his defence, stated that a man had asked him to put these formes on the barrow and wheel them for him to Hatton Garden, and that he thought it was all right.

GUILTY . Three months' hard labour.

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