8th February 1904
Reference Numbert19040208-218
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude; Imprisonment > penal servitude

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218. CECIL LANDON (26) and WALTER BOWEN (20) , Robbery with violence upon George Henry Plumb, and stealing £3, his money.

MR. HENDERSON Prosecuted.

GEORGE HENRY PLUMB . I am a fishmonger, of 3. High Road, Kilburn—on January 12th I was at the Horn of Plenty, Spitalfields, about 9 o'clock—the prisoners and another man followed me in—when I came out Landon hit me on my mouth, while they cut out my pockets, Landon fastening my arms and putting his knee on my chest—I lost £3, a sovereign in gold and the rest in silver—I next saw the prisoners at Worship Street on the 21st and identified them.

Cross-examined by Bowen. I was refused to be served because I was in bad company—two young women met me there first.

LILY HEWSON . I am the wife of the landlord of the Horn of Plenty—the prisoners and another man came with the prosecutor into the bar—I refused to serve them because I knew the prisoners—as they went out at one door I went out at another—I saw Landon knock the prosecutor down; the other two stood over him—I ran for assistance—I saw two policemen, and gave information—I identified the prisoners on the Monday at Commercial Street Police Station—one is known as Treacle, and the other one as Wally—they have been customers for about ten months.

Cross-examined by Bowen. My husband and I know what happened on two previous occasions—I did not want you in the house.

WILLIAM BROGDEN (Detective Sergeant H.) I was on duty in Commercial Street on Saturday, January 16th, at 9.30, with Sergeant Dessent; we saw the prisoners, and went the reverse way and apprehended them—I said to Landon," Treacle, I want you: I want to take you into custody for robbing a man on the night of the 12th in Dorset Street"—he said, "It is a funny thing; if anything happens you always pull me in for it; I know nothing about it"—Bowen said, "I know nothing about it; I stood at the corner of Dorset Street, and a man asked me to have a drink at the Horn of Plenty, but they refused to serve us, and I came out and went down the street"—Hewson identified them.

HENRY DESSENT (Police Sergeant H.) I was with Brogden, and

arrested Bowen—I told him he would be taken into custody for robbery on the 12th of last month—he said. "What job do you say it is?"—I explained it to him. and he said, "All right, I have got a very good idea who has done this for us."

London's defence: I was not there. I got penal servitude for it once, and have never done it since.

Bouen's defence: The prosecutor and three others I took to be his friends took me and Landon for a drink but they were refused to be served; I next saw the prosecutor' standing at the corner of a court and heard a scuffle; he said. There's a row. "but Landon said Don't go up there, or else you will get in for it," and the robbers, whoever they were, let the man go. but I know nothing about it.


They then PLEADED GUILTY to previous convictions, LANDON** at this Court in May. 1898. in the name of William Wood— Six years' penal servitude: and BOWEN** at Clerkenwell in October, 1901— Five years' penal servitude.

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