18th May 1896
Reference Numbert18960518-406
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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406. EDWARD HIGGS (30) was indicted for feloniously forging and uttering an order for £7 7s., with intent to defraud. Second Count, for forging and uttering an endorsement to the same.

MR. WILSON Prosecuted.

DANIEL ALLMAN . I am a newspaper-boy, and live at South Kensington—onThursday, March 12th, about half-past six in the evening, I was in Ashburn Place—the prisoner came up to me and asked if I wanted to earn threepence—I said, "Yes"—he asked me to take a note to Chard's, the butcher, and to bring back the answer, and he would be down the area of Dr. Dudfield's—I took the note to Chard's, and handed it to the book-keeper; he gave it to Mr. Chard—Mr. Chard gave me a blank piece of paper—I took it back to the prisoner, who was outside Dr. Dudfield's—he cane towards me; I told him they would send the money across—he said "All right!" and walked away—I asked him for the threepence—this (produced) is the envelope gave me.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner I was going to 16, Stanhope Gardens, and was walking pretty quick; it was dusk, but not dark—I was about two or three minutes talking to you—Iss had not seen you before—when I came back from Mr. Chard's you said, "Well?" and I said they would send the money across—when I asked you for the threepence you said, "No"—you were not standing still; you were, walking on the payment, and came, towards me; I saw no one near you, only Mr., Chard's assistant; he caught hold of you, and asked me if that was the man, and I said, "Yes"—I am quite sure that you are the man—you have the same appearance now, but your moustache has grows.

By the COURT. I heard him speak then and to-day—I have no doubt he is the man.

SARAH ELLIS CAPLENN . I am book-keeper to Mr. Chard—on March 12th, the last witness came to the shop with this letter to Mr. Chard "14, Ashburn Place,—Dr. Dudfield will be obliged by your sending

the money for the enclosed cheque"—Dr. Dudfield is a customer of ours.

FRANK PEARMAN . I am assistant to Mr. Chard—on March 12th, Allman came to the shop—my employer made a communication to me, in consequence of which I followed the boy, and I saw the prisoner cross the road—he saw the boy—he spoke to him—he then walked away—I took hold of him, and said I should take him to the Police-office—he said nothing then; after a few minutes he said, "I don't know the boy"—the boy asked him if he was going to give him his threepence—he said, "Not now."

Cross-examined. There was nobody with you—I believe Mr. Chard called for a constable.

JOHN LOVE (207 F). On March 12th, about half-past six, I was on duty in Courtfield Road—I saw the prisoner waiting about between Dr. Dudfield's and Gloster Road—later on I received information from Mr. Chard, and went to 14, Ashburn Place, Dr. Dudfield's, and saw the prisoner being detained by Pearman—I told him I should take him into custody for attempting to obtain £7 7s. by means of a forged cheque, and asked him what he had to say—after a time, he said, "How can I know anything about it? I have only just left the Free Library"—I told him I had seen him waiting about for about ten to fifteen minutes—he made no reply—I told Mr. Chard to take the cheque to Dr. Dudfield to see whether it was the signature of his son; I remained outside on the doorstep—whilestanding there the prisoner nodded his head towards Pearman, and said, "Is this man going to charge me?"—I told him he was already in custody—at the station, after the charge was read over, he said, "I do not know anything about the letter or cheque, neither have I seen the boy."

Cross-examined. I am positive you said all that—it was said in the presence of Pearman; he was standing close by; he may or may not have heard it.

WILLIAM WOMACK (Police Sergeant F). When the prisoner was brought to the station I searched him; I found on him several pocket-books, one of them having in it the names of several gentlemen and tradesmen, and amongst them Dr. T. O. Dudfield—on the remand I spoke to the prisoner about his character—he said, "I am not the man that gave the boy the cheque; but a man told me to wait here for the money; he said his name was Hudson"—he did not say whether he knew what the letter contained.

Cross-examined. I was present at the station when the charge was entered—you said you knew nothing about it—you said your occupation was that of a butcher's canvasser.

THOMAS ORME DUDFIELD . I live at 14, Ashburn Place—on March 14th this letter and cheque were brought to me; I did not write the letter or endorse the cheque, nor is it my son's writing—I am a customer of Mr. Chard's.

FREDERICK WALTER BURTON . I am assistant manager of the Tottenham Road branch of the City Bank—this cheque purports to be drawn by Charles Franklin—no such person has any account with us.

The Prisoner, in his defence, asserted his innocence, and read what he called his record of the numerous places where he had been engaged for a number of years.


He then PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction on August 20th, 1894.— Twelve Months' Hard Labour.

Before Mr. Justice Hawkins.

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