19th July 1909
Reference Numbert19090719-53
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour; Miscellaneous > sureties

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MALONY, James (23, labourer), and WOOD, George (21, labourer) ; robbery with violence upon John Barrett, and stealing from him one watch chain, his goods.

Mr. F. H. Norvill prosecuted.

JOHN BARRETT, 57, Metropolitan Buildings, Albert Street, Mile End, E., hotel porter. On July 5, about 12. 15, 1 was in Pedley Street. I was held by three men, who took my watch chain. One man threw his arm round my neck and held my head in the air. I called for help and followed them. I next saw them about half a minute afterwards being brought down Code Street by two constables. The value of the chain is about 1s. 6d. I did not lose my watch. I do not recognise either of the prisoners. I cannot say if the men who robbed

me were the men caught by the police. I lost eight of the men when they turned the corner. There were no people about at the time. I met the police with the men about 100 yards from where I was robbed.

Police-eon stable EDWIN STACEY, 190 H. On July 5, about 12.15 at night, I was at the corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street, a matter of 200 yards from Pedley Street. I heard cries of "Help" in the direction of Code Street. I stood there with another constable. We directly afterwards saw two men running towards us from the direction of Code Street. They saw us and turned round and ran in the opposite direction. We gave chase. I caught Malony and the other policeman caught Wood. There were no other persons in the street whatever.

To Malony. I saw you about a minute or 11/2 minutes after the cry for help. I did not see any other officer there when we west after you two men. One came into the station while they were being brought in, but he was not on duty.

Police-constable EDWIN BURROWAY, 502 H. On July 5, at 12.15, I was with last witness in Brick Lane. I heard a cry of "Help. " About a minute afterwards I saw the two prisoners running towards us. At that time there was no other person there besides the other constable and me. When they saw us they doubled back again. I ran about 300 yards and caught Wood.


Mrs. MALONY, prisoner's wife. I was in Brick Lane with my husband and George Wood. I had been at a friend's of mine with my husband and we were just going home. We heard cries of "Help, " and my husband and Wood ran to see what it was. My husband gave me some money to get the supper, and I did not notice. I thought it was a fight. I did not want to see it. I turned my back and someone told me the policemen were leading them down to the police station.

Cross-examined. We were in Brick Lane close to Pedley Street. I should think it was about 100 yards away from Pedley Street. I am not really married to the prisoner. I have been living with him now four years.

MALONY.I can go into the box and swear I am innocent. I know nothing about this affair.

WOOD.That is all I have to say.

Verdict, Guilty.

Several previous convictions were proved against Malony.

Sentence, Malony, 12 months' hard labour. Wood, released on his own recognisances in ₤2, and those of two sureties in ₤5 each, to come up for judgment if called upon.

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