22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-2
VerdictNot Guilty

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Before Mr. Justice Burrough.

1079. RALPH JOLLEY was indicted for feloniously assaulting Daniel Burr , on the King's highway, on the 13th of June , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 1 watch-chain, value 10l., and 3 seals, value 10l. , his property.

GENERAL DANIEL BURR. On the 13th of June, between two and three o'clock in the afternoon, I was passing through George-street, St. Giles's ; a man came up, and took hold of my watch-chain - I stooped to prevent the watch from coming out; he broke the chain, and got that with the seals, and ran away; I pursued him towards Russell-street, and lost sight of him down the first turning - I called Stop thief! The officer brought the prisoner to my house in about two hours - I could not identify him. I have not found my property.

ELIZABETH THOMAS . On the 13th of June, about two o'clock, I was in George-street, and saw General Burr - he said he was robbed. I saw the thief run up an alley; the prisoner is the man - he had the seals in his hand - I knew him before; he was always out and in at the house where I lodge - he went straight up George-street. I had known him for a fortnight before.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. Did he ever live in the same house as you? A. No - I never said so; I have said his name was Tim Donovan and Pope, as he went by those names.

MORRIS NICHOLAS . I am headborough of St. Giles's. On the 13th of June, in consequence of information from Thomas and another person, I went on duty in High-street, about five minutes past two o'clock in the afternoon, and saw the prisoner and five or six more coming out of Mr. Clark's wine-vaults, at the corner of High-street; I went to him and said I wanted him, as by the description I had he was the man who had robbed General Burr of his chain and seals - he denied it; his companions surrounded me, and kicked me about, and rescued him; about half-past four o'clock I found him again, in Bain-bridge-street, dressed in a different coat and waistcoat; he resisted, but we took him by force - he said he had not seen me before, but afterwards said I had taken him in an unmanly manner - I found nothing on him.

Cross-examined. Q. How was he disguised? A. When I saw him he had no coat on, but when I took him he had, and his hat was over his eyes. I think he had a hat on when I first saw him.

WILLIAM ANDERTON . On the 13th of June, about two o'clock, I was in George-street; the prisoner ran by me very quick, and turned up Ivy-lane, and in about half a minute I saw General Burr following him, quite out of breath - he had a hat on, and a light coloured sleeved waistcoat, but no coat; I did not know him before, but am positive he is the man who passed me; I saw him run the length of the street. I saw him in custody next day, and am certain of him.

Cross-examined. Q. He ran very fast by you? A. Yes - I took particular notice of him. I will not swear whether he had a hat on.

The prisoner's Counsel called,

PATRICK MURPHY . The witness Thomas lodges in my house; I never saw the prisoner there - one Tim Donovan lodged there about three years ago, and lived opposite to us till the very day the prisoner was taken - he is very much like the prisoner - he has absconded since; I do not know the prisoner.

JOHN GREEN . I know Tim Donovan; he is very much like the prisoner, and is a very bad character.

THOMAS BOYLE . I keep the Robin Hood public-house. On the 13th of June I saw Donovan in the street, dressed in a waistcoat with sleeves; he is very similar in appearance to the prisoner.


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