11th December 1893
Reference Numbert18931211-116
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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116. WILLIAM WRIGHT (22) , Robbery with violence on Alexander Dippie, and stealing a watch and chain, his property.

MR. HALL Prosecuted.

ALEXANDER DIPPIE . On November 1st I was staying at the Midland Grand Hotel, and about twelve or 12. 30 I was walking up the steps of the side entrance, and saw a man by the electric light—he suddenly struck me and took my watch and chain—two or three minutes afterwards a detective brought him back with them in his hand—they are worth about £30.

WILLIAM WERTH (Midland Railway Detective). On November 1st between 12. 30 and 12. 45, I was outside the hotel and saw the prisoner and another man following the prosecutor up the steps—the prisoner went behind him and struck him, and the other man knocked him down, and the prisoner took his watch and chain—I went to get hold of him, but a cab was passing—I called "Stop thief!" and a constable took him and brought him back with the watch and chain.

VALENTINE PEARSON (144 Y). On November 1st, about 12. 30, I was on duty in Euston Road, heard a cry of "Stop thief," and saw the prisoner run past me—I took up the chase—he dodged round a coffee-stall, and as he was leaving it he put his hand in his pocket and threw something away—I caught him and then went back and discovered this watch and chain—the prosecutor came up and identified him—he did not say, "I am, trying to catch the thief"—he gave no address.

The prisoner in his statement before the Magistrate, and in his defence, said that he knew nothing about it; that lie was running to catch the thief when the constable stopped him, and that he called the constable's attention to the watch and chain lying in the gutter.

GUILTY . He then PLEADED GUILTY** to a conviction at Clerkenwell in October, 1892.— Fifteen Months' Hard Labour.

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