JOHN HUNTER.
7th September 1909
Reference Numbert19090907-68
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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HUNTER, John (22, clerk) ; on August 21, stealing one hand bag, one purse, two keys, one railway season ticket, and 2s. 6d., the goods and moneys of Jessie McDougal; one hand bag, one purse and one railway season ticket and £1 1s., the goods and moneys of Minnie Edith Brown; one card case, one railway season ticket and 2 1/2 d., the goods and moneys of Jean Sillars; one portmanteau, one dressing case, three bottles, two hair brushes, and other articles, the goods of Edward Percy Reed.

Mr. H. O. L. Davidson prosecuted.

Prisoner was tried on the indictment relating to Jean Sillars.

JEAN SILLARS , 9, Westfield Road, Bowes Park, typist, employed at 5, East India Avenue. On Saturday, August 21, at about 12.30 p.m., I left my card case containing a season ticket, 2 1/2 d., photos, and vulcanite card, value £1 3s., on the table at the office when I was called downstairs; when I returned they were gone. I identify card case, vulcanite card and memo, produced as part of the property missing.

Cross-examined. I have never seen prisoner; it was between 12.30 and one p.m.

Detective FREDERICK HAYWARD, City Police. On August 21, at 12.40 p.m., I saw prisoner in Mark Lane looking at a small piece of paper, which he doubled up and threw in the gutter and which I picked up (produced). He also threw a season ticket and a paper (produced) into a wine cellar, which I obtained on the following Monday. I followed prisoner to Mark Lane Station. I afterwards went to 5, East India Avenue and produced the two papers to Jessie McDougal and M. E. Brown, who had reported their purses being stolen, and who identified the papers. With Detective Green I afterwards kept observation at 84, Hewlett Road, Old Ford, and at midnight arrested prisoner there. I found in prisoner's room property of which I produce list, including card case, identified by Jean Sillars, and 18 pawntickets.

Cross-examined. I did not arrest prisoner when I saw him at 12.40 p.m.; 15 of the pawntickets do not relate to any of the present

charges. The other three do not relate to the charge respecting Jean Sillara.

JESSIE MCDOUGAL , 27, Denton Park Road, West Hampstead, typist, at 5, East India Avenue. I work in the same office as Jean Sillars. On August 21, at about 12.45, I lost a hand bag containing a green purse, 2s. 6d., a key, and a season ticket (value £1 7s. 6d.) I identify purse, season ticket, and key produced.

Cross-examined. I have never seen prisoner before.

Moms EDITH BROWN, 123, Addison Road, typist, of 5, East India Avenue. On August 21, at about 12.30, I lost, from the office, a purse containing season ticket, 21s., and several pieces of paper, total value £2 10s. I identify paper produced at having been in my purse.

(Defence.)

JOHN HUNTER (prisoner, not on oath). This is the first time I have ever been charged with theft. When in Mark Lane I picked up this little green card case and was looking at its contents; I threw the pieces of paper away, put the card case in my pocket, and went home. I am now charged with stealing. If I had stolen the things I had every chance of getting rid of them. If the detective had thought I was acting suspiciously, why did he not arrest one at the time? I am not guilty.

Verdict, Guilty.

Prisoner confessed to having been convicted at Tower Bridge Police Court, on April 29, 1908, receiving 10 days' for stealing clothes from a ladies' lavatory. He was said to have been suspected of several robberies from offices.

Sentence, 15 months' hard labour.


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