4th February 1913
Reference Numbert19130204-54a
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence; Not Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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JAMES, Thomas (28, labourer), and JONES, Arthur (32, sign fixer), both robbing with violence William Ransom and stealing from his person one watch, his goods.

Mr. McMahon prosecuted.

WILLIAM RANSOM , porter, 16, Highbury Crescent, N. I was in Holloway Road about midnight on January 21, when I was stopped by the two prisoners. James threw his left arm round me; with the right hand he dipped into my waistcoat pocket and extracted my watch, and remarked, "Shout, you b----, and I'll kill you." I snatched the watch back from James and saw the other prisoner immediately in front of me. I broke away from them and, seeing two constables, gave them into custody.

Cross-examined. Jones did not touch me at all.

Police-Constable WILLIAM WALLACE , 450, N. About midnight on January 21 I saw the two prisoners stop the last witness. James put his left arm round Ransom's waist and took his watch. I immediately came out of a doorway. Ransom said, "I give the two men into custody for taking my watch." I took them to the station and they were charged. They had had a glass or two of beer, but they were not the worse for drink. They knew very well what they were doing.

Police-Constable GEORGE JONES , 142 N, who was in company with the last witness, corroborated.


THOMAS JAMES (prisoner, on oath). My friend and me went out at seven in the evening to have a drink. We went into the Horse and Groom, Holloway Road, and stopped there till we could not get any more beer. It was nearly turning-out time. We came out and went up the road to the Swan, near the Highbury Road Picture Palace; then these two constables claimed me, for what I don't know. I thought I was to be charged with being drunk. I was not two minutes' walk from home.

ARTHUR JONES (prisoner, on oath). I have a letter here from the managing director of the firm for whom I have been working and he gives me a good character. I was never in trouble before of any sort. I went with this chap to the Horse and Groom, and when we came out I saw a constable get hold of him and then one came for me. We had had a good deal to drink, but I have never done anything dishonest. I did not touch prosecutor, and I did not see what the other man did.

Verdict, James guilty of robbery without violence; Jones not guilty.

James confessed to having been convicted, at London Sessions, on September 21, 1909, in the name of John Castledine, of felony, and several other convictions were proved.

Sentence, Eighteen months' hard labour.

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