JAMES HASTINGS, ANN HASTINGS, LUCY WAGEE, Theft > burglary, Theft > receiving, 21st October 1878.

905. JAMES HASTINGS (35) and ANN HASTINGS alias MARKS (27) , Burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Edward Andrew Williams, and stealing a silver watch and other goods, and LUCY WAGEE (61) , feloniously receiving the same, and being accessory after the fact.

MESSRS. POLAND and BAGGALLAY conducted the Prosecution; MR. PURCELL; defended Wager.

EDWARD ANDREW WILLIAMS . I live at 10, Whetstone Road, Notting Hill, and am foreman to a house decorator—on Tuesday night, 3rd September,

I closed up my house at quarter past 10—my wife and five children live with me, the eldest is 13—I have no servant, I closed the front door, it closes with a common latch, it can only be opened from the outside with a key—I went downstairs about 4.15. a.m.—I found the front door about three parts open, and the parlour door also—I returned and spoke to my wife and then went out—I came home to dinner, and about 8 p.m. a detective came and I then missed a silver watch that had been hanging on a nail over the mantelpiece in the parlour, a table-cover, glass shade, and other articles; I have since seen and identified some of them—the value of the whole was about 7l.—they were all taken from the parlour.

Ann Hastings. The box is mine, I bought it on Brighton pier for 1s. 6d. Witness. It was given to my eldest daughter by her aunt five years ago.

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS . I am the prosecutor's wife—I got up at a quarter to 6 on the morning of the 4th September, and missed these things—they are mine—I am quite sure about the box—a number of things have not been found.

WILLIAM CRANE (Detective Sergeant X). In consequence of information of this burglary, I made inquiries at pawnbrokers and general dealers and others, and amongst them of Mrs. Wager on 5th September—I asked her if she had bought any children's clothing; that several robberies had been committed about the neighbourhood, and I was endeavouring to trace them—she said no, she had bought nothing—I asked if she had bought a tablecover or children's clothing—she denied both, and said they were just the very things she wanted; that she had a sale for such articles—7 called again on 19th September, and said I had called again respecting these articles; that I had reason to believe they were sold to some wardrobe dealers—she said she was sure she had not bought anything, and I left the house—after I had got about 300 yards the servant girl ran after me, and said her mistress wanted to see me—J went back, and Wager handed me this pawnticket, and said she had bought it of a woman—I asked who the woman was—she said her name was Hastings—I said "Where does Mrs. Hastings live?"—she said "No. 11, Raymead Road "—the ticket refers to a sealskin jacket and a top coat, the proceeds of another burglary—she also handed me this letter relating to children's clothes, a tablecover, and watch; it is signed "Mrs. Hastings"—she said Mrs. Hastings had sent that letter hay little girl, and she wanted a shilling for the ticket—I found the tablecover and the child's frock at Wager's—I found 67 pawntickets at her place, some of them relate to the proceeds of other burglaries; things that I had inquired after, which she denied having—I said so to her—that was on 4th October, the day I arrested her—I called on her five times, and made inquiries.

Cross-examined. Mrs. Wager was at first called as a witness at the police-court; she was in attendance twice, and was recalled—she keeps a wardrobe shop—the only articles I found there were the tablecover and the child's dress—she brought out the tablecover from the window—I could not see it from the street—on one occasion I spoke to her about a pair of gloves—she said she did not recollect anything about them; her daughter said "Yes, mother, you did buy a pair of gloves"—I asked$ who the woman was she bought them of—she said "I have known her a long time, and We had dealings with her; she is a very respectable woman, her name 18 Mrs. Hastings, and she lives at 11, Ray mead Street, Ladbroke Grove

Road—the name of Hastings does not occur on all the pawntickets; it does on most—there are some in the name of Williams, White, Wager and so on; some of them no doubt relate to her own property—she told me that she had bought the tickets from Mrs. Hastings, understanding that she kept a wardrobe shop, and being unfortunate, had pledged her stock in trade—Charles Wage her son was also called as a witness, and gave an explanation with regard to the watch; the daughter was also called—Wager has kept a shop there for some time.

Re-examined. I called at Hastings's house, 11, Raymead Street, on the 20th—I saw Mrs. Hastings, and asked if she had been buying or selling anything about the neighbourhood—she said "No, I have not bought or sold anything"—I found 27 pawntickets at her house, two relating to the proceeds of a burglary at 49, Swinburne Road; I found nothing relating to this burglary on that visit—I called next evening about 8.30, and arrested James Hastings—they both lived there—I told him I should take him into custody for being concerned with Ann Hastings in committing several burglaries about that district—he said "I know nothing at all about it; 1 will go quiet"—I made a search then, and found this figure and shade; also this box, containing two antique 'copper coins, a small metal thimble, also this bunch of keys, and this key I find fits all the doors where burglaries have been committed—it fitted the door of Mr. Williams's house—I also found this rent-book, proving that they had been living there 15 months—I heard Mrs. Wager say before the magistrate that she had bought the tickets of the frock, the watch, and the table-cover of Mrs. Hastings—she did not mention the dates—Hastings is the man's assumed name—the female has lived with him about nine years; she goes by the names of Brown, Williams, and Annetta Marks.

Cross-examined by Ann Hastings. In going to the station, I said to you "There is somebody else concerned with you in this; you did not do it all yourself"—and you said "Well, I will stand to it all myself"—I did not say I must find the other person, nor did you say "You can't; she is gone away"—I did not say "lie fact is, you have had two men in it, and you are trying to screen tie men"—nothing of the kind.

By the. JURY. This key fits the door of her house as well as others—it is an ordinary latchkey, and the houses in the neighbourhood are nearly all of one class.

WILLIAM HENRY HANNAFORD . I am a pawnbroker of 97, Princes Street, Edgware Road—on 4th September a watch was pledged with me by a woman I do not know—this is the ticket which relates to it—the watch was redeemed on the next day—I do not know who redeemed it.

CHARLES WAGER . I am a plumber, of 131, Southam Street, Westbourne Park—Mrs. Wager is my mother—a watch was shown to me at Hammersmith—my mother gave me the ticket referring to it—I do not remember the dar she gave it to me—I took the ticket to Mr. Hannaford's two or three days afterwards and redeemed the watch—it was in the shop the same day, and my mother bought it of Ann Hastings—I had it repaired by a man named Warren.

Cross-examined by MR. PURCELL My mother said she had bought the watch—she asked me if I would have it—I said I would if it was of any use—she gave Mr. s, Hastings two china plates in payment for the ticket—that was at the rate of 8d.—the balance was to be sent round by a girl—I think the shop

had been in existence three or four years—I nave heard that Mr. s, Hastings kept a wardrobe shop, but I did not know much about it.

ELIZABETH SILK . I am the wife of William Silk, a labourer, and occupy 11, Raymead Street, dotting Hill Gate—in June, 1877, 1 let my front room to Mr. and Mrs. Hastings at 4s. a week—they paid me 2s, deposit—Mr. Hastings has been there ever since—he was a labourer, and was away during the day—the woman was away for six months until 2nd March, 1878—she was away for a month after that—James Hastings paid the rent when she was away—she was not frequently out—I remember two occasions when she was rather late, but not the dates—I occupied four rooms—they occupied one—I had one other lodger, who had been with me two years.

Cross-examined by James Hastings. You were an honest man, and wet to your work.

Wagers Deposition before the Magistrate was read: "I live at 94, Colborne Road, Notting Hill Gate. I am a wardrobe woman. I know the prisoners very well. The table-cover was bought of the prisoners a day or two previously."

Cross-examined, she said, "I did not buy the things, but only the pawntickets."

The Prisoners' Statements before the Magistrate were read. Ann Hastings said that she did not sell the things, that James Hastings was perfectly innocent, and was at work and knew nothing about it. James Hastings that he was innocent, and was at work in Hyde Park as a labourer, and knew nothing about it. Wager that she believed every word of Mrs. Hastings when she told her she had kept a wardrobe shop and failed, and asked her to buy the duplicates, which she did without hesitation, as they were in the name of Hastings, except the watch, which Mrs. Hastings said belonged to a. young person to whom she sold things, that she never denied having them, nor refused to give information.

James Hastings' Defence. I am quite innocent of pawning that property, and I never put a hand during my life to do anything wrong. I never took a pin. He received a good character.

Ann Hastings put in a written defence to the effect that she was innocent; that she used to attend salerooms, where she met Wager, which was the cause of Jier trouble, but site always believed her to be an honest woman; that she took the ticket of the watch and tried to persuade Mrs. Wager to buy it, but sold it to her son; that she concealed where she got the things from James Hastings, as he did not like her to keep bad company; that he was innocent, and worked in Hyde Park; that although she had been in prison before, she did not steal the things, or know they were stolen when she sold them, Wager received a good character.

JAMES HASTINGS and WAGER— NOT GUILTY .ANN ASTINGS.— GUILTY of receiving; she also PLEADED GUILTY to a previous conviction at the Westminster Sessions on 2nd September, 1877.**— Eighteen Months' Imprisonment .


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