9th March 1903
Reference Numbert19030309-299
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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299. THOMAS CLANCY (24) and MATTHEW CLANCY (35) . Breaking and entering the warehouse of Newman and Gardia, Limited, and stealing a camera and other goods, their property.

MR. MAHAFFY Prosecuted.

FREDERICK NEWTON . I am a clerk, and live at 80, Devonshire Road, Holloway—I produce a cinematograph projector which is valued at £20, the property of the firm of Newman and Gardia. Limited, of Vine Grove. Tollington Park—their premises were broken into on December 19th—in consequence of information I received I charged the prisoners on January 29th.

GEORGE HILL . I am a timekeeper at Newman and Gardia's, and live at 8, Elmore Road, Essex Street, Islington—on going to my work at 7.50 a.m. on December 20th, I found that the premises had been entered and the articles mentioned in the charge missing—they are worth about £65.

JOHN RICHARDS (Police Sergeant G.) On January 28th. at 10.15 a.m. I went with a constable to 50, Bastwick Street. St. Luke's—I there saw Thomas Clancy—I told him we were Police officers and had reason to believe that he had stolen property in his room—be denied it—I searched the room and found this box (Produced)—he could not account for it being there—I took him to King's Cross Police Station.

THOMAS STACEY (Police Sergeant Y.) I charged Thomas Clancy on January 29th at King's Cross Road Police Station, with breaking into a warehouse at Vine Street, and stealing goods—he said "Quite right"—I took him to Hornsey Road Police Station where he was formally charged—he made no reply.

WALTER SELBY (Detective Sergeant G.) On January 31st I was in Farringdon Street with Inspector Kidd—Matthew Clancy came up to us and said. "I want to tell you about Tom; I done the burglary he is

charged with; I done it, I think, on December 21st, I will make a statement at the station"—I took him into custody and to King's Cross Road Police Station.

ANDREW KIDD (Defective Sergeant G.) On January 21st I was with Selby in Farringdon Road—Matthew Clancy came up to us—I went with him and Selby to King's Cross Road Police Station, where he made this statement which I took down (Produced)—He made his mark on it. (This slated that he broke into the premises of Newman and Gardia and stole the things.)

FREDERICK HARVER . I am a cinematograph operator, of 118, Camberwell New Road—I produce a camera which I bought in Mr. Fowler's shop at Clerkenwell, for £1—it is not complete; it is somewhat out of date and has no lens—I was in the shop and a man came in to try and sell it—Mr. Fowler would not buy, it so I did—I did not see either of the prisoners.

WALTER LINFORD . I am an assistant to Mr. Fish, a pawnbroker, of Pentonville—I produce a photographic lens which was pledged at Mr. Fish's ship on December 22nd, for 15s.—I do not recognise either of the prisoners.

FREDERICK NEWTON (Re-examined.) I identify the lens mentioned as the property of Newman and Gardia.

FREDERICK WILLIAM NASHGAR . I am agent for my uncle, who owns. 50, Bastwick Street, Goswell Road—I let a second floor room there to Thomas Clancy on December 27th.

WILLIAM GURY (Police Constable G.) On December 26th I took Matthew Clancy into custody—on the 27th he was sentenced to 40s. fine or a month's imprisonment.

GEORGE BUTTERS (Police Constable Y.) On January 31st I saw Matthew Clancy detained at King's Cross Road Police Station—I told him the charge—He said, "My brother is innocent"—I conveyed him to Hornsey Road Police Station—he said, "I am guilty."

JOHN RICHARDS (Re-examined.) There was not much furniture at Bastwick Street—I found the box produced there—it was not hidden in any way, but partly out of sight.

Thomas Clancy. in his defence on oath, stated that he did not know anything of the theft, that he found the box in his room but did not put it there or know, who did.


MATTHEW CLANCY GUILTY †. Several Convections were proved against him. Three years' penal servitude.

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