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<join result="offenceVictim" targOrder="Y" targets="t18870328-486-offence-1 t18870328-name-269"/>James Skingsley</persName>, and stealing a watch, a chain, a scarf pin, and 18
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<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. JONES LEWIS</hi>
<hi rend="italic">Prosecuted</hi>;
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. WARBURTON</hi>
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<interp inst="t18870328-name-270" type="given" value="JAMES"/>JAMES SKINGSLEY</persName> </hi>. I live at 13, William Street, St. Peter's Street, Islington, and am a barman—I and the prisoner were fellow servants together about nine months ago—on Saturday morning, about 1 o'clock, I and the prisoner and three or four other men were coming out of the Islington Darning Hall and Club, a few doors from Collins's Music Hall—the prisoner, three men and two women, surrounded me, and the prisoner deliberately snatched my watch and chain from my pocket and van away—the watch was worth 30
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. and the chain 50
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.—another man held me by my throat and took the pin from my scarf, and the others rifled my pockets and took 18
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. in silver—they all ran away—I fell in the struggle—the prisoner did not touch me, no one hit me—I am sure the prisoner stole my watch and chain—I knew him—I was quite sober.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined.</hi> I am now employed at a dairy, where I have been about a fortnight—I was employed before at a public-house, at 234, Goewell Road, for 18 months, where I was fellow barman with the prisoner—I left there on the 11th instant, the day the robbery took place, because the hours were too long—there was no complaint about my conduct—I left there at 3 or 4 o'clock—it is five minutes' walk from Goswell Road to the Islington Hall—when I left I went home, and stopped about an hour and had tea; nothing stronger, I swear—then, about 5 o'clock, I went out for a walk by myself for about an hour—I swear I had nothing to drink—then I went home again and stayed there about an hour; I had nothing to drink—I then went to Deacon's Music Hall—I met no friends there—I had a glass of beer there—I stopped there three hours, till 11 o'clock, when I came out with two males and two females, who asked me if I would go to the Islington Hall, which is a kind of club, a dancing place for females and men—I stopped there about two hours, I only had one glass to drink—I don't know who the men and women were who I went to the Hall with, nor where they came from—at 1 o'clock I came out with them and five others—I did not say before the Magistrate anything about the two women—there were about 30 people at the club, dancing went on, and we were a merry party—there were cards and billiards—I do not dance, I sat down and looked on—I stood drinks to the women, I only had one glass myself—I knew the prisoner quite well—he was in the club when I got there—I am not a</p>
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<p>member, the other people took me in, I had not been there before—there might have been 100 or 150 people there—the prisoner was not at Deacon's—I was not perfectly drunk.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Re-examined.</hi> I had only two glasses during the whole of that afternoon and evening.</p>
<hi rend="italic">By the</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">COURT</hi>. I ran to the top after after them, but could see nothing of them—I saw the prisoner again on Sunday morning—I went with a plain clothes constable and identified him.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Policeman N</hi> 322). On Saturday night, 12th March, about 12 o'clock, I and the prosecutor went round to four clubs in the neighbourhood—we went to 13, Islington Green, and upstairs found the prisoner in bed—I said,
<hi rend="italic">"Freddy</hi>, you will have to come with me"—I knew him previously—he said, "What for?"—I said, "For stealing a watch and chain, a scarf pin, and 18
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. in money from this man"—the prosecutor was standing by my side—the prisoner said, "This is a nice time to come and take a fellow out of bed for a thing of that sort"—I said, "Never mind, come along, you will soon be back again"—he dressed, and said, "All right, I will come; it is rather cold"—on the way to the station he said, "I was outside the Hall with him last night, but I did not have his things"—I took him to the station—only two very small old knives were found on him.</p>
<hi rend="italic">The Prisoner's Statement before the Magistrate.</hi> "On the night in question I was passing by the Islington Club, and saw the prosecutor with a man and two women, and having been a fellow-servant of his he spoke to me, and eventually we went into the club together, and as he was in a state of intoxication I left him soon afterwards. I know nothing whatever of the robbery."</p>
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