21st November 1887
Reference Numbert18871121-60
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited; Imprisonment > hard labour; Imprisonment > hard labour

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60. GEORGE BIANCHI (26), ROSE ANDRINO (33), and ELIZA ANDRINO (15) , Burglary in the dwelling-house of George Rudolph Hunt, and stealing 77 forks, 39 spoons, 24 knives, three pepper-castors, and a pair of sugar-tongs, his goods. Second Count, receiving the same.

MESSRS. DILL and METCALFE Prosecuted; MR. HUTTON appeared for Bianchi and Rose Andrino, and MR. FRITH for Eliza Andrino.

GEORGE RUDOLPH HUNT . I am the proprietor of the Junior Garrick Club, Adelphi Terrace—on 19th October, about 1.30 a.m., I saw the premises closed up, and about 8 o'clock next morning I was aroused by the hall porter, and went downstairs and found the pantry window open and plate and other articles stolen—these 77 forks, 39 spoons, and 24 knives are mine; I identify them as the property of the Junior Garrick Club.

Cross-examined by MR. HUTTON. I identify them by the initials "J. G. C."—mine is the only place of business which has those initials—I bought the knives at Turner's and the plate at Sell's, in Regent Street—the hall porter was the last who saw the premises; I saw him lock all up; he had only to put out the gas.

Re-examined. I do not know from my own knowledge that the place was safely shut up.

ABRAHAM KAUFFMAN . I am a jeweller, of 107, Waterloo Road—the two female prisoners brought these 77 forks to me; I do not remember what date it was, but it was on the Saturday as I went before the Magistrate on the Monday—the younger one said "We want to sell them," and I asked them where they got them from, and she said they had been in an hotel and had given it up—I then saw they were in the list, and gave information to the police.

Cross-examined by MR. HUTTON. These are the Junior Garrick Club forks—this was about 4 o'clock—another customer came in while the prisoners were there, and they waited till he was served—I have no assistant; only a man at a bench—I gave 1l. 12s., 6d. for them, and directly I had bought them I saw them in the list, and informed the police—they are not silver—the elder prisoner spoke to the younger—I have no doubt it was on a Saturday, because I went to the police-court on the Monday—they were in my shop altogether about 20 minutes—I next saw them standing in the dock in the police-station, and they asked me if they were the women, and I said "Yes"—I told the police how they were dressed.

Cross-examined by Mr. FRITH. I have been in this shop 25 years—during that time it has come to my knowledge that many people who have bought things at Debenham's and elsewhere, have sent women to sell and pawn them, or to dispose of stolen goods—dealers generally pawn things without any intention of taking them out again—I go to

sales and buy goods, and sometimes I buy of dealers, and sometimes of pawnbrokers—I am accustomed to the jewellery trade—it is in the interest of pawnbrokers that the person should take out the article pawned—some persons get their living like that; they go and buy at sales, and then try and get rid of them at pawnbrokers'—those men are generally known, and so they get a young woman to go and pawn the things, as if they belonged to her—pawnbrokers generally know the dealers, so men employ persons to pledge the things for them.

Re-examined. I have no doubt the two prisoners came into my shop—I did not notice the initials on the things.

THOMAS WYMAN . I am hall porter at the Junior Garrick Club—I saw the premises safely locked up about 1.30 a.m. on the 19th.

Cross-examined by MR. HUTTON. I lock the premises every night—I go round to every window and every door; not with Mr. Hunt.

Re-examined. When I came down in the morning I missed some things, and I then remembered the night before—as soon as I saw the window was open I searched and missed the plate and table cloths—I had fastened that window the night before.

FREDERICK GRAY (Detective Officer L). About 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 22nd November, I was at Kennington Road Police-station—Kauffman made a communication to me, and I went to his shop, and there saw 77 forks, 2 fish knives, 35 spoons, and 3 epergnes—I kept observation on the shop, and later in the day I saw the prisoner Eliza go there—from her manner I directed an officer to take her in custody—subsequently I went to Kennington Road Police-station; and saw her there, and produced this property, and said "Where did you get this property from?"—she said "A young woman met me at Waterloo Bridge, and asked me to sell them"—I said "Do you know her name?"—she said "They call her Alice"—I said "Where does she live?"—she said "52, Tottenham Court Road"—I asked where she lived—she said "25, Stangate Street"—I went there, and saw the prisoner Rose Andrino, and said "I am a police officer"—she said "Me do not understand English," or words to that effect—I then went upstairs with the prisoner Rose, and there saw Bianchi—I said "I am a police officer; I am going to search your room; I have got a young woman in custody"—I asked who this pepper-box belonged to, which I found in a cupboard—he said "That belongs to myself"—I said "Where did you get it from?"—he said "I bought it"—I searched further, and found seven knives, four spoons, and four forks identified by Mr. Hunt—I asked Bianchi who they belonged to—he said he did not know, and Rose then said something to him in a foreign language—they were then taken to Kennington Road Station, and subsequently to Bow Street, where they were charged—I accompanied the sergeant who searched the premises, and other articles were found.

Cross-examined. I have not got a note of the conversation at the station—it is Mr. Howard Vincent's order that we should take down any conversation that takes place between the police and the person taken in custody—I have been ten and a-half years in the force—at the time Eliza made that statement I was busily engaged, and had not time to take it down—I know I have done my duty—I went to 52, Tottenham Court Road, and the person in charge of that house said that no such person lived there—no one is here from that house—two officers went with me.

Cross-examined by MR. HUTTON. I made no note of what occurred at Bianchi's.

GEORGE SLEIGH . I am assistant to Mr. Joseph Bates, a pawnbroker, of 22, Lower Marsh, Lambeth—I produce a pair of shoes pawned at my place on 20th October by Eliza Andrino, for 4s., in the name of Ann Blanch, of Crozier Street.

CHARLES RESTELL . I am a waiter at the Junior Grarrick Club—these shoes (produced) are mine—I last saw them on the night before this robbery took place, on a lower shelf in the pantry near where the entrance took place.

ALFRED WARD (Police Sergeant L). On 22nd October, about 6 o'clock, I saw the three prisoners at Kennington Road Police-station, and assisted in taking them to Bow Street—before starting I said to Bianchi "You will be charged with being concerned with the two women in breaking and entering the Junior Garrick Club on the night of the 18th, and stealing there from plate to the value of 50l. "—he said "I did not take them there; I only dined at the house; I slept with an Italian friend at 62, Neild Street"—I went with Oray to 25, Stangate Street, to a room jointly occupied by the prisoners—there was one bed in it—I found there this photographic frame, in which were eight pawnbrokers' duplicates and other articles, one of which relates to a pair of boots—on Monday, the 24th, before going before the Magistrate at Bow Street, I said to Bianchi, "I found this at your lodging, do you know anything about it?"—he said "Yes, that is mine"—I said "I found some pawnbrokers' tickets in it"—he said "Oh, yes, I put them there"—I also found there a little clock, some knives and forks, napkins, handkerchiefs, and other articles relating to other robberies within 12 days—I had received information of a burglary in Craven Street.

Cross-examined by MR. HUTTON. The conversation took place in the lobby of Bow Street Police-court—he was arrested at his house, and taken to Kennington Road Station and searched—I made no note of the conversation.

CHARLES CLARK . I am assistant to Mr. Davidson, a pawnbroker, of 145, Waterloo Road—I produce four knives, live spoons, and two pepper-castors, pawned there on 19th October by the prisoner Eliza, for 3s., in the name of James Blanch, 15, Colchester Street.

GEORGE RUDOLPH HUNT (Re-examined). These five spoons and these pepper-castors are mine.

WILLIAM HENRY VARNEY . I live at 25, Stangate Street, Lambeth—the two female prisoners came to lodge at my house on 20th August, and Bianchi has been in the habit of visiting them for the last three weeks—he has slept there, and we gave them notice on account of his doing so, and the girl said that he was her stepfather, so we allowed him to remain—he slept there about eight nights out of three weeks—the girl paid the rent, 7s. a week.

Cross-examined by MR. FRITH. I understand she is between 15 and 16—they represented themselves as mother and daughter, and she said she worked at the Alhambra—the mother was supposed not to understand English, and the daughter did all the correspondence.

ELIZA HASSELL . I am single, and live at 2, Craven Street, Strand—on the morning of 12th October I discovered that the latch of my dining-room window had been pushed back—I had locked up my house the

night before.—I missed all my plate out of the dining-room and many other articles, amongst them two brushes, an antimacassar, and a waterproof—these are them (produced).

JAMES SKENDRICK (Police Sergeant E). On 24th October I examined the prisoner's premises and found these antimacassars and two brushes and one waterproof.

Cross-examined by MR. FRITH. The prisoner Eliza is a ballet-girl at the Alhambra.

EMMA HERRING . I live at 16, Norfolk Street, Strand—I identify this knife and handkerchief (produced) as my property—I last saw them on 25th May, when they were stolen from my premises with other articles.

JAMES SKENDRICK (Re-examined). I discovered those in a box At 25, Stangate Street on the 24th.

Eliza Andrino received a good character.

GUILTY on the second Count. The Prosecutor and Jury recommended ELIZA ANDRINO to mercy.— Judgment respited. BIANCHI— Two Yews' Hard Labour. ROSE ANDRINO— Eighteen Months' Hard Labour.

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