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<join result="offenceVictim" targOrder="Y" targets="t18590404-436-offence-1 t18590404-name-351"/>James Ray</persName>, and stealing from him 12
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. and a bag, his property.</rs> </p>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. MCDONALD</hi>
<hi rend="italic">conducted the Prosecution.</hi> </p>
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<interp inst="t18590404-name-352" type="given" value="JAMES"/>JAMES HAT</persName> </hi>. I am a labourer, and reside in Little North-street, Port-man-market—on Saturday afternoon, 12th March, I was in Lisson-grove, going home, between 3 and 4 o'clock—the prisoner and two other men came up to me—I was knocked down—one that is away knocked me down—I know him by sight, but I don't know his name—I was not a great way from the Champion public-house—the prisoner was there when I was knocked down—before they came to me I had a purse in my left-hand pocket containing 12
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.—it was when I was knocked down they all ran away down Stamford-street—the prisoner was the last who ran away—I directly felt for my purse, and I had not got it—the money and the purse was gone—I have not been able to get it since—I went to the police-station in John-street, Edgware-road—I saw the prisoner there; he is one of the three that were together when I was knocked down.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined by</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. LEWIS</hi>.
<hi rend="italic">Q.</hi> When did you last see your purse with the 12
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. in it?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> On the Saturday afternoon—I was perfectly sober—I had come from work just after 2 o'clock—I went home and had my chimney swept, and came out again—I had not been drinking—I had drank water with my dinner—I gave a description of the prisoner to a policeman—it was a slight description—I went into a barber's shop on the Sunday morning—I saw a man there who was one of the three that came to me—I did not give him in charge—I did not ask for a policeman to be sent for—he left the shop first; I went out directly after I was shaved, to see if I could find a policeman—when I was knocked down, my head was cut open—I went to the dispensary on the Sunday morning—we were looking round for the prisoner—the Champion public-house was one which he frequented.</p>
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<interp inst="t18590404-name-353" type="given" value="WILLIAM"/>WILLIAM BODEN</persName> </hi> (
<hi rend="italic">Police-sergeant,</hi> 11
<hi rend="italic">D</hi>). In consequence of information, I arrested the prisoner outside the Champion public-house, on Sunday evening, 13th March—I took him to the station—the prosecutor was sent for, and he said that was one of the men who robbed him.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined. Q.</hi> Were you the man to whom the prosecutor gave a description?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> No; I received it at the station—it was sufficient for me—the prisoner denied that he was the man—he said he knew nothing about it.</p>
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<interp inst="t18590404-name-354" type="given" value="HENRY"/>HENRY CATTERMOLE</persName> </hi> (
<hi rend="italic">Police-sergeant,</hi> 38
<hi rend="italic">D</hi>). I was on duty in Exeter-street, on 12th March—I saw the prosecutor there, and the prisoner and another man were close to him—I afterwards received information of this robbery from the prosecutor—Exeter-street is about 100 yards from the Champion.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">He was further charged with having been before convicted.</hi> </p>
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<interp inst="t18590404-name-355" type="given" value="JOHN"/>JOHN SAWYER</persName> </hi>. I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former con
<lb/>viction. (
<hi rend="italic">Read: "Central Criminal Court, February,</hi> 1851.
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<interp inst="t18590404-name-356" type="given" value="JOHN"/>John Howe</persName>, convicted of stealing a handkerchief, having been before convicted; Transported for Seven Years."</hi>)—The prisoner is the man—I was present at both the trials.</p>
<hi rend="smallCaps">GUILTY</hi>.—
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