7th April 1862
Reference Numbert18620407-468
VerdictNot Guilty > directed; Not Guilty > no evidence

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468. WILLIAM FARROW (25), WILLIAM GRANT (22), JAMES PARSONS (25), JOHN FELLOWS (30), and SUSAN GABLE (28), Burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Samuels, and stealing therein 10 watches, 48 breast-pins, and 72 brooches, value 30l. his property.

MR. MITCALFE conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES CHILD (Policeman, 93 E). On the morning of 15th February, about half-past 1 o'clock, I was on duty in Gray's-inn-road, near Mr. Samuels' shop, 8, Pindar's-place, a watchmaker and jeweller—I saw Farrow, and two others not in custody, standing within six or seven yards of the door—on seeing me, Farrow pretended to be drunk, and asked me if I would have something to drink—I told him I did not require anything; and they walked about fifty yards, and returned to the same place—I waited about for some time for farther assistance, and at last I took Farrow and one of the others in custody—(while I was waiting there I discovered that a door had been broken open next to Mr. Samuels'—it is a little shop where they mend china)—they were discharged at the police-court next day for want of evidence—after I got to the station, I went back and found that Mr. Samuels' had been broken open at the back—I got to it from the mews, by passing over several walls with a ladder, which I found placed against a wall—I went to Mr. Samuels' shop, and found it very much deranged—it was then about a quarter to 2.

Farrow. Q. Did not you ask the owner of the china shop if he would give me in charge? A. Yes; and he refused, because nothing had been taken—I charged you at the station with the robbery at Mr. Samuels'.

MR. MATTHEWS. Q. Was there any evidence besides your own, before the Magistrate? A. No.

EDWARD STEWART (Policeman, 309 G). I was on duty in Gray's-inn-road, at a quarter past 1 in the morning of the 15th, and saw Farrow, Grant, and Fellows, at the corner of Harrison-street, thirty or forty yards from Mr. Samuels' shop—a man, not in custody, was with them—I was about a hundred yards from Child—I did not say anything to him—I went round my beat—I met them again five or ten minutes afterwards, together, in Grays' Inn-road, and again after that—the last time I saw them was twenty-five minutes past 1—I was not there whan Child took them.

Cross-examined by MR. LLOYD. Q. How many times did you see them? A. About three times—I was at the corner of Frederick-street—it is about a hundred yards from Harrison-street.

GEORGE RANGER (Policeman, G 199). On Saturday, 15th February, about half-past 1, I was sent by my sergeant to Gray's-inn-road, and found the door of the china shop, next door to Mr. Samuels', open—I looked round the shop, and seeing that there was nothing for anybody to take, I hastened to Mr. Samuels' door, and heard something more in the shop, as though jewellery was being moved—another constable, E 54, came up—I told him what I had heard, and we both listened—I sung out, "Who is there; is that you Mr. Samuels?"—the answer was, "Yes; all right"—I went to Mr. Samuels' private residence, No. 1, Lisson-street, and rang and knocked, but could not make any one bear—I went back to the shop and listened, but could not bear any one—I turned, and saw Parsons and Grant come out of the mews, about five yards from where I stood—that was about a quarter to 2 o'clock—I was on a strange division at that time, and did not know there was a mews—I got Mr. Samuels up, and found the shop rather disturbed—there is an area, and I went down to the kitchen, and found marks on the water butt—from there I went on to the wall, where there was a ladder, which enabled parties to get over into the mews, where the railings were all broken away—that was the same mews that I saw Parsons and Grant come from—I saw them two yards from where the ladder was.

Cross-examined by MR. KEMP. Q. Did you see anybody else come out of the mews? A. Not at that time—I saw a couple of men making water—I did not take them in custody.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Was any one with you? A. There was a cabman there—he is not here—he lives under Mr. Samuels'—he stood at the other side of me at the door—I did not know Grant and Parsons by sight—they walked very gently away.

WILLIAM WOOLDRIDGE (Policeman, E 63). On the night of 15th February, about a quarter past 1 o'clock, I was on duty near the prosecutor's shop, and saw Farrow at the corner of the mews, about five yards from Mr. Samuels'—I had seen him three times previously, at the corner of Lission-street, and in Sidmouth-street, and in Swinton-street—the furthest of these places was Sidmouth-street, which is a hundred yards from the shop—there were two men with him—I do not know them by sight, and they are not in custody—just after I saw Farrow first, I saw that the door of the china shop had been broken open.

JOHN BUCKLEE (Policeman, N 406). I know No. 2, George-square, Hoxton—the four male prisoners live there—I have frequently seen them go to and from there during February.

Cross-examined by MR. KEMP. Q. Does anybody else live in the house? A. Two females.

Cross-examined by MR. LLOYD. Q. Do you belong to the George-square beat? A. Yes—I have seen them go in there twenty times—it is a private house—I have not seen other people go in there, except the two females—Gable is not one of them.

THOMAS POOLEY . I am a labourer, of 11, Bath-place, Old-street-road—I have the key of 7, Bath-place, and take the references and the deposits when it is let—I let it to Gable and her husband—he is not here—I have seen Fellows go in there two or three times, and have seen Farrow go in with him twice—another female lived there.

Cross-examined by MR. LLOYD. Q. Was Fellows a friend of the family? A. Yes; I suppose so.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNAND. You say Gable did live there with her husband? A. Yes.

JOHN SAMUELS . I am a jeweller and watchmaker, of 5, Pindar's-place—on 14th February I closed my shop at 9 o'clock at night, and went round at 11 and saw it safe—I was called up by the police at a quarter to 2, and found the house had been broken open by the back kitchen door—I missed a quantity of pint, rings, pencil-cases, and watches, to the amount of 30l.—this brooch, pin, and ring (produced) are mine.

WILLIAM JOSEPH CASELEY . I am assistant to William Russell, a pawnbroker, of Kingsland-road—I produce a gold ring, pledged on 15th February for 2s. in the name of Ann Gable, by the female prisoner; also a gold pin, pledged on 17th February, iu the name of Ann Smith; I do not know who by—these duplicates (produced) are what I gave.

THOMAS EVANS (Policeman, G 22). I went to 7, Bath-place, Old-street-road, and found the duplicate which the pawnbroker has spoken to—it is in the name of Ann Gable—I found the other other duplicate at George's-square—I found this centre-bit tool at Bath-place—while I was searching the place the female prisoner cane in, and said, "They are mine," refferring to the two duplicates—I then went to George-square, Hoxton, and found the centre-bit which fits the tool, this chisel, about twenty common keys, several duplicates, and among them the one for the pin identified by Mr. Samuels, and a brooch, which he also identifies—on a ledge in the water closet I found these three double-headed skeleton keys—they have a key at each end, making six altogether, also this coil of rope (produced).

AMBROSE SUITON (Policeman, A 422). I took Gable it custody on 18th March, and told her the charge—she said, "Oh! I know what it is; it is about the two rings which I bought about a twelvemonth age in Petticoat-lane."

THOMAS MAVETE (Policeman, N 43). On 25th February I went with Sergeant Evans to George-square, Hoxton, and found in the water-closet, in an old rag, these double-headed skeleton keys, also three pick locks, all rolled up together, and this jemmy (produced) lying on the ledge.

WILLIAM GARDNER (Policeman, G 179). I took the four male prisoners on 19th February, about twenty minutes before 6 o'clock in Cumberland-street, Shoreditch—they were all standing together talking—I spoke to them—they made two or three statements—I told them that I was not satisfied, and took them to the station for loitering, with the assistance of my brother constables.

Cross-examined by MR. LLOYD. Q. Did you speak to them before the other policeman came up? A. Yes; but I did not tell them till I got assistance, that I should take them in custody.

THE COURT considered that there was no evidence to go the Jury against the male prisoners , and MR. METCALFE stated that as Gable was a married woman he did not wish to press the case against her.


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