11th December 1893
Reference Numbert18931211-118
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown
SentencesImprisonment > hard labour; Imprisonment > hard labour

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118. EDWARD DAVIS (23), PLEADED GUILTY to stealing a musical box, the property of George Cheal; also two Gladstone bags, the property of John Edwards He was again indicted, with WILLIAM LEGGE (25) , for stealing a gelding, a basket cart, and a set of harness, the property of George Morris.

GEORGE MORRIS . I am a jobmaster, of Tunbridge Wells—on November 3rd the prisoner Legge came, and said he wanted a trap for his master to drive to Sevenoaks—I asked him who his master was, and he gave me the card of Sidney Graham—I took the cart out about 2. 30, and he gave me a shilling—the two prisoners got up and drove off—I expected them back at eight o'clock; they did not come, and I went to the station—I afterwards saw the trap in the green-yard at Bethnal Green—the pony and trap were worth about £25—I had no idea that they were going to drive to London.

CHARLES WINGROVE . I am a livery-stable keeper, of Cambridge Road, Bethnal Green—on November 4th Legge came and said he had a pony and trap to sell—I said I did not want to buy anything—he said, "Will you look at it?"—I said "Yes," and did so—he wanted £25 for it, but a little while afterwards he offered to take £15—he said he was a bookmaker in Chelsea—Davis was a little way off by a public-house, with the pony and trap—a policeman came by, and I gave information while the prisoners were close by.

Cross-examined by Davis. Legge asked £25 for it, and you asked me to buy it, and you both jumped up in it, and drove it, to show how it went.

GEORGE WHITLOCK (Police Sergeant I). On November 4th Mr. Wingrove spoke to me—I went with him and saw Davis, about 150 yards off—we followed him and caught him—at that time Legge was coming up Green Street, driving the horse and trap—I said, "Where did you get that horse and trap from?"—he said, "I got it from a publican at Brighton to sell"—I said, "Who is the publican?"—he said, "I don't know"—I said, "I am not satisfied with your explanation; I shall take you to the station"—when we got there he refused his address—they were detained, and the trap was taken to the green-yard and identified next day—I told the prisoners that we had found the owner, and they would be charged with stealing the horse and cart—Davis said, "We had no intention of stealing it."

WILLIAM NEW (Police Sergeant J). I was with Sergeant Whitlock—I arrested Davis, standing by the pony's head.

Legge's defence. I received a letter from Davis asking me to meet him.

I did so. He said he was going to make a book for Mr. Graham, at Tun-bridge Wells, and if I would go he would pay my expenses. We went there and he told me to order a pony and trap to drive to Chislehurst, and gave me his employer's card; we got into the cart together and went to Sevenoaks when he gave me a sovereign and told me to go to London I did so, and in the evening received a telegram from him telling me to meet him at the station. I met him between ten and eleven with the pony and trap and a friend. He was very drunk, and asked if I could take care of the lot for the night. I said, "Yes," and next morning he went and got it. He was arguing with his friend about the value of it, and I took it to Mr. Wingrove to ask him if he would gave £25 for it. He said it was not worth it, and Davis said, "Will you give £15 for it?" and then said to me, "He has gone for the police." I walked by the side of the trap, and the detective arrested me—I was acting under orders from Davis.

Davis's defence. I only wanted to find the proper value of it; I had no intention of stealing it. It would have been returned in the afternoon, but the pony was in a bad condition at Groombridge and unfit to go back; so I went to London and put it up, and in the morning I found the pony in a very bad condition, and it could only be sent back by train. I knew I should have to pay the value of it, and I went to Wingrove to find the value.

GUILTY . They then

PLEADED GUILTY to former convictions, LEGGE† on December 1st, 1890, and DAVIS** on 2nd August, 1893.

LEGGE— Twelve Months' Hard Labour.

DAVIS— Fifteen Months' Hard Labour.

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