8th May 1865
Reference Numbert18650508-494
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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494. WILLIAM VESEY (37), and CHARLES DAVIS (27), were indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of Nathan Wolf Jacobson, and stealing 80 watches, 150 rings, and other jewellery, value 800l. his property.

MR. KEMP conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES LAMB . I am foreman to Nathan Wolf Jacobson, jeweller, 312, Oxford-street—on the night of 24th February, I shut up the premises, about half-past 10, quite secure, and about half-past 11 my attention was attracted by an unusual noise, which I could not understand—I was in an underground room at the time—I immediately went into the shop—I saw the reflection of the gas from the street—I then distinctly saw the shop-door open; the glass-cases were open, and the window in great disorder—I missed a quantity of watches and other things—no property has been found since—they were quite safe at the time I fastened up the shop—I did not see any persons that caused me any suspicion.

JAMES FURNESS . I am now in the House of Correction, under sentence—I know the prisoners—I know the shop of Mr. Jacobson, 312, Oxford-street—I was there on the night of 24th February, when this burglary was committed—I did not steal the things—I was one of the persona that went inside with Charles Davis—Davis, Vesey, and Dan McCarthy were with me—I saw both Davis and Vesey in the place—I afterwards saw Vesey come out, and Dan McCarthy went in—it was about half-past 11 or a quarter to 12—I did not see anything in Vesey's hand when he came out—next day I saw Vesey; he came to me in Drury-lane—he told me to come on—he took me to a public-house in Long-acre, where there was Dan McCarthy and Charley Davis—McCarthy gave me 3l. of the money—first of all they said they had only got a little—when McCarthy gave me the 3l. he told me to say nothing about it—the others were present.

Vesey. Q. Where did you go when you saw me come out, did you go home? A. No—I slept in Short's-gardens that night, in the next bed to you—I left at half-past 10—it was about a quarter-past 9 when we first went to the jeweller's shop, and to the public-house—you went inside, and left me outside, and I came away;

Davis. Q. You say you went into the house with me? A. Tea—I don't know what your object was in going there—yon took me in; you went in first, and said "follow me"—I suppose it was to commit the robbery—I don't know when you came out; I was not there when you came out—I next saw you next day, in the after part—the 3l. was given me to say nothing about it—I knew you about a fortnight previous to the robbery—I have not seen you above twice since the robbery—I had seen you about seven or eight times previous to the night of the robbery—I saw nothing of the proceeds of the robbery.

COURT. Q. Was not the 3l. given you as your share? A. They told me to say nothing about it—I went in with Davis for the purpose of assisting him in the robbery; he told me to go in with him—I was taken up for something else—I am in the House of Correction for being with two Other men pushing a truck—it was for stealing cloth; they did—I had six months for it—I first spoke about this about five weeks ago—I told Sergeant Cole about it—it was not for the sake of escaping punishment—my father told me to tell the truth; my parents are very respectable.

WILLIAM LOOSELEY (Policeman, C 46). On 24th February, I was on duty in Oxford-street, where Mr. Jacobson's shop is—I know both the prisoners and the last witness—I have seen the three together at the Duke of York public-house—I saw them there every night for a fortnight before the 24th—I saw them there on the night of the 24th, about half-past 10—the Duke of York is about 150 yards from the prosecutor's.

Vesey. Q. Had I anything remarkable then that I have not got now? A. You are dressed differently; you had no lame foot as you had when I saw you at the station—you had no crutches that night; you had no stick in your hand—you walked lame with a stick.

SARAH HARRIS . I live at 25, King's-road, Chelsea—on the night of 24th February, about twenty minutes or half-past 10, I was in Oxford-street, near Mr. Jacobson's shop—I saw Vesey standing at the kerb opposite the private door—he went towards two others who were standing at the corner of the street—I could not swear to the other two—the three then went towards the door—Vesey and another went in, the other walked about the street with a stick—the two remained in the house I should think more than an hour—when they came out the third man was still there—he went to the door, and stood with his back to the door, and immediately after the other two came out—they went three doors past Union-street with something, and looked at it—they then turned back again, passed the door again, arm-in-arm laughing—they went straight on, and I saw no more—I did not know them before.

Vesey. Q. Had you any thought of a robbery being committed? A. Yes—I did not give information because you were so much like the man that shuts up there—I followed you, and I noticed you; your coat was white behind—I went home about my business when you came out—I gave information when I heard of the robbery.

COURT. Q. How do you get your living? A. I do needle-work—I had been to my sister's in Tottenham Court-road—I go there three times a week—my attention was attracted to Vesey by a female speaking to him, and he made her a nasty answer, and I kept looking at him—he was walking about with a stick watching the door; promenading backwards and forwards, that made me notice him.

CHARLES COLE (Police-sergeant, C 25). I know both the prisoners—I have seen them together—I took Vesey into custody on 6th March, at a public house

in King-street, Soho—I said, "Bill, I want you for being concerned frith others in a robbery in Oxford-street, at a jeweller's shop, on the 24th of last month"—he made no answer for some time—he then said, "I don't know what you mean"—I said, "You understand me perfectly well, I am a police-officer, my name is Cole, you will have to go to the station-house with me"—before the Magistrate the officer Looseley mentioned the Duke of York public-house, and Vesey said, "I never was there in my life"—at the next examination he wished to call a witness to prove that he was at the Duke of York all that evening, and was not out of it—I apprehended Vesey from the description given by the last witness—she came to the station and stated what she had seen—I know the witness Furness—I hare seen him with the prisoners, perhaps for a fortnight before 23d February; I think about four times, about the neighbourhood of the Seven Dials, and once in the Red Lion, in Portland-street, Soho, where they held a raffle for one of them—Vesey was put with five or six others, when he was picked out by the last witness, and also by the constable.

JOHN DAFTERS (Police-inspector, S). I took Davis into custody on 23d April, about half-past 5 in the evening, at 26, Bell-street, Edgeware-road—I found him standing on the first-floor landing—I said, "I am come Charley to apprehend you for being concerned, with another man in custody, for stealing a quantity of jewellery and watches from a shop in Oxford-street, about six weeks ago"—he said, "I don't understand what you mean"—I said, "Am I to understand that you don't know me; I am Inspector Dafters of the 8 division" (I had know the prisoner for years)—he said, "Is it from Walker's shop in Oxford-street?"—I said, "No, it is from Mr. Jacobson's"—he said, "I don't know anything about it; why do you suspect me?"—I said, "You are circulated in the information as being wanted for being concerned in it"—he said, "I don't know any thing about it; I will go with you."


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