25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-154
VerdictsGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown
SentencesImprisonment; Imprisonment

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154. EDWARD HENLEY was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of Nov., at St. Mary, Islington, 13 spoons, value 3l. 9s.; 1 cream ewer, 1l.; 1 pair of sugar-tongs, 10s.; 1 watch, 1l.; 1 pair of earrings, 6d.; and 1 brooch, 1s.; the goods of William Berry, in the dwelling-house of George Havinden: JOHN MATHAM , for feloniously receiving 1 watch, value 1l.; 1 pair of earrings, 6d.; part of the said goods; well knowing them to have been stolen: and THOMAS CARROLL , for feloniously receiving 1 cream ewer, value 1l.; and 5 spoons, 1l. 10s.; part of the said goods; well knowing them to have been stolen.

ELIZABETH BERRY . I am the wife of William Berry—we live at No. 17, Richard-street, Islington—I am Henley's aunt, and he lived with me—I had a box containing plate—I saw it safe on Sunday morning, the 10th of Nov., and I missed it on the Monday—Henley had access to the box—I never saw the other two prisoners there—I was at home all day that Sunday—I live in the dwelling-house of George Havinden—it is in the parish of Islington.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. How long had Henley been away from you? A. About a week previous to that—he had lived with me from the death of his mother—he has been an honest boy—Mr. Havinden lives in the house—it is in the parish of St. Mary, Islington.

JOHN ROWE (police-constable B 91.) I went to a house in George-street, St. Giles's, about nine at night, on Friday, the 19th of Nov.—the landlord of the house is named Sands—I found Henley and Matham there—I took Henley to the station, I then took Matham—I did not tell him the charge against him, but he said he did not care a b—r about it—Henley said that the landlord had got the property which he had taken from his uncle (by the landlord, he meant Carroll, who is called the landlord of that house, because he has the management of it—the proper landlord does not live there)—Henley afterwards said, that Matham was with him at the time he committed the robbery.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Was not what Henley said, "The landlord has got the things that have been taken from my uncle?" A. No—he said, "that I took from my uncle"—I did not take a note of the conversation—there were several other persons in the room, perhaps eight or nine—I did not notice who they were—there was not a great deal of confusion—I went into the kitchen and fetched him out—I did not tell him it would be better for him to confess—I said, "I Want you to go to the station"—he said, "But I will have things righted before I leave the house"—I did not know at that time the charge he was wanted on—Carroll's wife had told me a boy was wanted, and he was in their house.

Cross-examined by MR. MELLOR. Q. Do you know anything of this house? A. I know it is a lodging-house—I have seen the landlord there—he lives within three or four doors of the house—Henley said the property had been given to the landlord.

ROBERT HICKS (police-constable B 48.) On Friday night, the 15th of Nov., I followed Carroll to a tobacconist's shop, and saw him offer these two spoons, which have been identified by Mrs. Berry—I took him into custody, tody, and asked him where he got the spoons he was offering in the tobacconist's shop—he denied offering any spoons, and then asked me what business it was of mine—I told him if he did not give me a satisfactory answer I should take him into custody—he said, "For God's sake, policeman, don't take and lock me up, I will give you all the money I possess and all my property"—on the way to the station he pulled this cream ewer out of his pocket, and attempted to throw it away—I took it from his hand, and put it in my own pocket—I got him to the station, and found this watch and all the rest of this property on him—he then said it was his own property, and he had been to fetch it to carry home.

Cross-examined by MR. MELLOR. Q. Have you not given a very different ferent account of this before? A. Not at all—I stated before that he attempted to throw part of the plate away—Carroll was not very drunk—he was the worse for liquor—he could walk without leading very well—I

never said he was drunk—I saw him offering these spoons for sale, and when he came out I asked him where he got them—I was outside the shop, and saw him through the window—I know he was offering them for sale because I heard him—it is a very small shop—it is in a public thoroughfare—there roughfare—there were no carriages passing—there were not a great number of persons in the street—I swear he offered these for sale—he pulled the money out of his pocket, and said, "I will give you all the money I have, and all the property I have got about me, if you don't lock me up"—he did not say he had been sent to sell them for another person—I am confident I have not made a mistake—he said he had a wife about to be confined.

JOHN O'BRIEN . I keep a house, No. 7, George-street—these prisoners were found at No. 5—on the Sunday afternoon after the robbery, about half-past two, Matham and one or two men were drinking in my house—Matham asked me what o'clock it was—I told him my watch did not gohe pulled out a watch like this one produced, but there are thousands like it in London—he told me his watch was right, and I set mine by it—he had a pair of coral earrings.

MRS. BERRY. This is my property—a boy found the box at the back of the layers in the Liverpool-road.

HENLEY— GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months .

CARROLL— GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined One Year .


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