30th January 1837
Reference Numbert18370130-505
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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505. WILLIAM LIGHTWOOD and JAMES HUGHES were indieted for stealing, on the 3rd of January, 1 purse, value 6d.; 7 sovereigns, 1 half-sovereign, and 5 half-crowns; the goods and monies of Thomas Reid, from his person.

THOMAS REID . I live in Uxbridge-street, Notting-hill. On Tuesday evening, the 3rd of January, I left London, and was going home—I was stopped after being at the Churchill Arms, Kensington Gravel-pits—I was going in there, and suppose these two men were at the door—I do not recollect that, as I was so drunk—I found myself in custody next morning, and all my money was gone—I recollect having it in my pocket when I left London, between nine and ten o'clock—I cannot tell when I became insensible—I was not drunk when I started—it was as much the effect of being in company where they were smoking, as drink—I do not recollect much after leaving Piccadilly.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. How much money had you received? A. 9l. 16s., and I had 1s. 10d. in my pocket besides—I found myself at Kensington in the morning.

JAMES AUGUSTUS REID . On the night of the 3rd of January, it being late, my mother sent me out to look for my father—I saw him in Silver-street, in the Gravel-pits, near the Duke of York public-house—Lightwood had hold of his right arm, and asked me what I wanted—I told him it was ray father—Lightwood let him go, and dropped something—he stooped down to pick it up, and went across to Peel-street, near where he and Hughes were working—Hughes was present, and he stopped, and used threatening language—he threatened to knock my father—over head—I do not know what for—he got hold of my father's arm, and said before he would let go, my father should break his arm—he did not say why he held his arm—I called, "Police," and I think three came up.

Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. I believe they were both drank? A. Hughes was drunk, and my father too—it seemed something like one drunken man taking charge of another, and leading him—what Lightwood picked up was something he had dropped himself—I saw him drop it—I do not know what it was.

JAMES DARLING (police-constable T 88.) I came up about ten minutes after twelve o'clock at night, hearing police called—I found the prosecutor and Hughes both struggling on the ground in the middle of the road—I sprang my rattle, and conveyed them both to the station-house—the prosecutor's son stated there, in Hughes's presence, that his father had received some money, and ought to have it about him—that was about twenty minutes after I had taken him—Hughes was then sitting down—he got up, and said the money was left at the Churchill Arms, and that he saw Reid give it to the landlord.

Cross-examined. Q. Did not he say the man was at the Churchill Arms, and left the money there? A. He said he saw him give it to the landlord—I do not say he was sober, but he seemed perfectly to understand what was passing—he was the worse for liquor.

THOMAS EASTLAND (police-sergeant T 17.) I was in Churchill-street with Mr. Reid's two sons, on the 4th of January, at ten o'clock on the morning after the robbery, and met Lightwood and two others coming along the street—I knew he was working there at that time with Hughes, sinking a well—as soon as young Reid saw the three men come round the corner, he pointed out Lightwood to me—I followed him a little way, and took him into custody—I took him to the station-house, and searched him—he said he had a little silver in his waistcoat pocket, which was all the money he had, and that was part of his week's wages which he had received the night before—I found two shillings, a half-crown, and sixpence half-penny in copper, in his pocket—he said he slept that night at a house in Pell-street, where he was at work—I went there, and made inquiry—I then asked him where he lived—he said at Acton, with his father, who was out of work, and the key was left with the next door neighbour, but he did not recollect the neighbour's name—I found out the lodging after a long inquiry—I did not find the key with the neighbour, but lying over the door—I took the owner of the house and the police-sergeant who searched the room, and found a box, which I opened with a key he had given me—I found five half-crowns in the till of the box, and, further down it, folded up in a blanket, seven sovereigns and a half—he had told me he had only got the remainder of five shillings, which was his wages.

FRANCIS MANNISTY HAMMOND . I keep the Churchill-arms, Kensing ton. On Tuesday night, the 3rd of January, the two prisoners were in my house, and the prosecutor with them—they came in ogether—Light-wood appeared sober, Hughes appeared a good deal the worse for liquor, and the prosecutor, I found out afterwards, was in liquor, but I did not perceive it at first—he treated the prisoners to some gin, and took out his purse to pay for it—it contained gold—I changed a sovereign for him—he had some rum and water afterwards by himself—Lightwood had some porter and some rum—he said he was going to work all night, and took half a gallon of porter out with him—Hughes remained behind and got into con venation with the prosecutor—he wished to accompany him home, but I objected to it, and said he only lived next door, and there was no occasion for his assistance—I did not know exactly where he lived at the time, but said so to prevent Hughes going with him—I got Hughes

out of the house, and afterwards looked out to see if all was clear—I then advised Mr. Reid to go home—he was quite steady enough to walk, and talked sensibly—they left my house about twenty minutes, or half-past eleven o'clock—it is about 150 yards from where his son met them—I had closed my house, and gone to bed when the policeman came—Light-wood went out about ten minutes or a quarter to eleven o'clock—Hughes stopped ten minutes after that, and Reid went out about five or ten minutes after him—I saw the prosecutor put his purse back into his right-hand breeches pocket—he had several sovereigns in it.

JAMES REID . I met them about fifty or 100 yards from the Churchill Arms, and it was about half-past eleven o'clock.


Third Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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