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<interp inst="t18880423-465-verdict-1" type="verdictSubcategory" value="pleadedGuilty"/>PLEADED GUILTY</rs> </hi> to stealing jewellery, value 719
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. 10
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>., the property of
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<join result="offenceVictim" targOrder="Y" targets="t18880423-465-offence-2 t18880423-name-256"/>Sidney Hunt</persName> </rs>. He was further charged with two previous convictions of felony at Croydon in August, 1859, and at Dublin in August 1865, to which he pleaded</p>
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<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. MEAD</hi>
<hi rend="italic">Prosecuted;</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. BESLEY</hi>
<hi rend="italic">Defended.</hi> </p>
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<interp inst="t18880423-name-257" type="given" value="BARTHOLOMEW"/>BARTHOLOMEW POWER</persName> </hi>. I am a prison warder at Spike Island, Ireland—the prisoner was in my custody there in 1870—this is the certificate of</p>
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<p>his conviction (
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<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined by</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. BESLEY</hi>. I was not present at his trial—I never saw this certificate till it was given to me to bring over—I knew the charge on which he was convicted in 1865 from the books, but I never saw him till 1870—this (
<hi rend="italic">produced</hi>) is his photograph in 1881, when he was discharged.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Re-examined</hi> I first saw him in 1870; he was then a convict at Spike Island prison under my supervision till 1881, when he was discharged on license—I knew him as John Vanderstein, and this is the photograph of the man I had in my charge.</p>
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<interp inst="t18880423-name-258" type="given" value="WILLIAM"/>WILLIAM SMEE</persName> </hi> (
<hi rend="italic">Police Sergeant G. P. O.</hi>) In 1865 I was present at the prisoner's trial in Dublin, with two others, for forging and uttering money orders—he was convicted and sentenced totwenty years' penal servitude.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined.</hi> I had not seen the three men before they were con-victed; and I did not see the prisoner afterwards for twenty-three years, not till I saw him in London in 1886.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Re-examined</hi> The trial lasted a day and a half, and I was in Court all the time—I was not a witness, I was sent for a special purpose—he was tried as Vanderstein,
<hi rend="italic">alias</hi> Norris—the prisoner is the man. (
<hi rend="italic">Upon</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. MEAD</hi>
<hi rend="italic">asking, whether the prisoner was charged at Dublin in</hi> 1865
<hi rend="italic">with a previous conviction at Croydon</hi>,
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. BESLEY</hi>
<hi rend="italic">objected, contending that the only evidence that could be given would be that of some person who was present in</hi> 1865,
<hi rend="italic">upon which</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. MEAD</hi>
<hi rend="italic">did not press the question.</hi>)</p>
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<hi rend="smallCaps">GUILTY</hi>
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<hi rend="smallCaps">NOT GUILTY</hi> of the conviction at Croydon.—
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<hi rend="italic">to pay</hi> 100
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<hi rend="italic">to the representatives of Francis Thompson</hi>. </rs> </hi>
<hi rend="italic">The Grand Jury commended the conduct of the Police, in which the Court concurred.</hi> </p> </div1></div0>
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