HENRY JONES.
14th December 1868
Reference Numbert18681214-114
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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114. HENRY JONES (28), was indicted for burglariously breaking into the dwelling-house of George Dawkins, with intent to steal.

MR. DALY conducted the Prosecution; and MR. HARRIS the Defence.

MICHAEL HILL (Policeman E 111). On the evening of the 19th November, I was on duty in Cleveland Street—I saw the prisoner in Bolsover Street, standing in a door way, opposite Mr. Dawkins' house—I went towards him, and he walked in the direction of the Euston Road—I followed him for some distance, and he came again to the top of Cleveland Street—when there, he turned round and made a dart with a jemmy at my head—I pulled my head on one side to avoid him, when a man on the opposite side of the road threw a stone at my head—immediately after this, the prisoner dropped the jemmy and four pick-locks—I picked them up and followed him, but lost sight of him at the corner of Bolsover Street—I then went back and found five skeleton keys in the street—the keys are well made, and will fit any door on my division.

Cross-examined. Q. What time was it when you first saw the prisoner? A. It was about 12.15—I watched to see what he was about, and then he walked towards the Euston Road—I lost sight of him, and the next time I saw him was about 1.5 or 1.10, in Southampton Street, about three minutes' walk from the prosecutor's—if I had been a few inches nearer, he would have driven the jemmy into my head—I had passed the other man, and was close upon the prisoner when I saw him drop the keys.

JAMES THOMPSON (Police Inspector). From information received, I went, between 9 and 10 o'clock on the evening of 19th November, to the prisoner's house, accompanied by two sergeants—we remained watching in the house, and about 1.30 the next morning, we heard the front door opened by some person, but we could not see whether by a man or a woman—the person passed up stairs very quietly, and I gave him time to reach the first floor, when I shouted out, and ran up after him—the person escaped to the top part of the house, and then I saw the prisoner, and charged him with

burglariously entering the house with intent to rob Captain Savage—he made no answer, and then I removed him to the station—on the way be said that if he could get hold of old Savage's things, he would throw him into the sewer—when asked his address, he said it was Spring Street, Shepherd's Bush, which was found to be false.

Cross-examined. Q. Are there any other lodgers in the house? A. There was a woman living on the third floor, named Benson, who said she was "kept"—I expected other parties would have entered the house when I went there—I was satisfied that Benson knew nothing of the burglary—the stairs are of stone, and are carpeted—the prisoner stood in a corner when apprehended—when I shouted he ran from the first to the second floor, and there I caught him—nothing was found in his possession, except a taper and a latch-key.

PORTER WILLIAM DUNNAWAY (Detective Sergeant). I accompanied the last witness to the house of Mr. Dawkins on the night of the 19th November—I heard some person enter, and when Inspector Thompson gave the alarm, we pursued and captured him as described—on the Monday night previously, between 9 and 10 o'clock, I saw the prisoner in Bolsover Street, walking up and down.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you find any matches on the prisoner? A. No—we were ensconced in the kitchen down stairs when we heard the door open.

HANNAH DAWKINS . My husband is the landlord of 66, Bolsover Street—we have an old gentleman named Savage lodging on the first floor—he had considerable property in the house, consisting of silver forks and candlesticks, a batchelor's set, and various other things, with rings, chains, &c.—early on the morning of the 17th November, I heard a latch-key in the front door, and then someone entered and went up stairs—I listened until I heard footsteps coming down again, which was in about twenty minutes—I was in bed in the parlour—I left the bed and opened the door, and then I saw a person with his left hand opening the street door—I said, "What are you doing in my house?"—he did not answer, but closed the door and went away—there was nothing lost or disturbed.

Cross-examined. Q. In what part of your house does Captain Savage lodge? A. On the first floor—he has never given a latch-key to any person—I have known him to bring home a lady to sleep with him—he once brought some waiters from the Haymarket to breakfast with him—I know Annie Williams—I do not know how many times she has slept with Captain Savage—I have never fetched her for the captain, nor have I been with anyone who has done so—a Mrs. Thompson and a person of the name of Benson slept on the third floor—Benson came to me as a married lady—I did not find out till afterwards that she had no husband—I have known her receive visits from Mr. Benson, and him only—he had discontinued his visits about three weeks before the burglary—I never trouble Mrs. Benson about money—I did not say, when the prisoner was apprehended, that it was Mrs. Benson's latch-key in his possession, nor that it was like hers—it is not like any key that I possess—I might have said, in my excitement, "Benson is in this, and shall go;" but I do not think so now—I had given her notice to leave, when she told me she expected a letter from Mr. Benson, and then she would pay me—Captain Savage is rather an eccentric gentleman—he has not been out at all hours of a night for a long time past—I knew that a woman nursed him for several weeks—I can't say that I have seen a

woman known as the "Great Eastern" at my house—I had heard of a person named Stewart, and think Captain Savage once brought her home to my house—I do not know Mrs. Langford.

MR. DALY. Mrs. Thompson is a married woman—it is a respectable house.

SARAH BENSON . I lodge with the last witness—I lost my latch-key some time before the 19th November—the one found upon the prisoner is not the same—I do not know the prisoner, and never saw him until I was at the Police Court in Marlborough Street—I never gave him authority to visit me—no gentleman has ever visited me except Mr. Benson.

Cross-examined. Q. How long have you borne that name? A. My name has been Benson for about fourteen months—I went in that name because I lived with a gentleman—I told you at the Police Court that I was married, but I corrected myself afterwards—I confessed that I was not married—the prisoner has never come into my room to my knowledge—I did not see him in the house on the 19th November—Mr. Benson left me about seven weeks ago.

Witnesses for the Defence.

ROBERT PENDRY . I am a veterinary surgeon, of Upper Thames Street—I have a knowledge of the prisoner—I was with him in the Haymarket, on the night of 19th February, from 10.30 to just upon 12 o'clock—I was not in his company the whole of the time—I parted with him at 11.50 or 11.52; I had just time to catch the 12 o'clock train to Cannon Street, and I said, "I must be off"—I have been in Thames Street fifteen years—I contract for large houses in the City, Chaplin & Home, and the South Western Railway, and others.

Cross-examined by MR. DALY. Q. What number in Upper Thames Street? A. 171—I have not been at the same number all the time; I removed from Bread Street Hill, these being larger premises—I have a veterinary establishment, and boxes for sick horses—some days previous to the 19th, he called and said he had seen an advertisement from my place—I had seen him before, but nothing particular—I made an arrangement with him, as he was commissioned to buy a brougham horse for a gentleman—we were at the Anglesea Hotel, in the Haymarket; we both left there together—I walked with him as far as Barnes's, and then said, "My time is up, I must go"—we did not go into any place before the Anglesea—he was about twenty yards this side of Jermyn Street when I left him; I went across the road, and he went towards the top of the Haymarket—I caught the 12 o'clock train—I am positive this was the 19th—I was spoken to about it on the Monday following by a solicitor, who called on me, and I recollected that I had last seen Jones in the Haymarket on the Thursday evening—I never saw him in the Haymarket with a man going by the name of Bill—I did not see the prisoner with anything like this jemmy, or keys, that night.

COURT. Q. Do you say that you were with him from 10.30 to 12.0? A. No; he came into the Anglesea Hotel while I was there, and I should think I was with him three-quarters of an hour—the landlady was in the bar—I was attending her nag—I went before the Magistrate, but was not called.

JAMES BARTON . I am a process server, of 33, Exeter Street, Strand—on 19th October, near 12 o'clock at night, I met the prisoner in the Haymarket, near Jermyn Street, close to Barnes's—I fancied he had come out

of there—I went with him into Jermyn Street; he spoke to me, and I remained with him some time—I had refreshments with him at Glynn'g, in Jermyn Street—we remained there forty minutes, or nearly an hour, and left at 12.40 or 12.45—they close at 1 o'clock—I wanted to get to another house before it closed, and left him talking to another person.

Cross-examined. Q. For whom do you serve process? A. For Mr. Roberts, 12, Clement's Inn, Strand, a solicitor—I swear I serve writs and process for him—I served the last about a week ago, because I made a memorandum of it—the 3rd of this month was the last time(referring)—I only enter the money I receive—it is a private mark; these figures express the amount—there is another Mr. Roberts for whom I do business, who is not a solicitor—this "C" stands for a figure—I do not do much in the betting way—this book does not stop at August, but it goes backwards; here is the first entry—I generally serve process by day, and go out in the evening—I go to the Haymarket very frequently—I do not watch outside the doors of night-houses—I will not swear I never did so—the last time I did so was ten years ago, when I watched one in Panton Street—I mean as door porter, to keep improper persons out—I had not to tell when the police were coming; they always come in uniform—I never watched at Kate Hamilton's—you have been misinformed; I was waiter there—it is quite ten years ago since I watched—when I go to the Haymarket at night it is to enjoy myself—I sometimes go to the Grapes; sometimes to the Blue Posts—I am there, on an average, four or five times a week—my usual hour for returning home is 1 or 1.30—the houses shut sometimes at 1 o'clock—I had something to do with the Saville House claim—I am not paid by the Gas Company—I have not been collecting evidence for the claim—I have had nothing to do with the claim—I did not describe myself as a porter, in the Saville House matter—I performed a porter's duty; I received the goods—I have known the prisoner about two years, but have lost sight of him within the last two or three months—I do not know how he gets his living—I had not seen him for more than twelve months—I heard of this two days afterwards—I did not appear before the Magistrate; I was not asked—a friend of mine told me he was taken—there is no necessity for me to mention his name.

COURT. Q. Yes; you are asked who it was? A. Mr. Hamilton—he keeps the Robin Hood public-house, in Windmill Street.

MR. DALY. Q. Was he tried in this Court two months ago? A. I do not know—I cannot say what I have heard about him; I should pay very little attention to it—he asked me if I had heard of this matter, and I said I was astonished—I did not go to the Police Court to save the prisoner, and I was very unwilling, in fact, to come to-day to mix myself up with it—Hamilton mentioned the prisoner as Jones, and that he was in trouble—he did not mention any Christian name—I knew him by the name of Jones.

ANNIE WILLIAMS . I live at 2, Park Road, East Brompton—I know No. 66, Bolsover Street, where Captain Savage lives—I know the landlady, Mrs. Dawkins, just to speak to, she has come to fetch me to the Captain; I cannot say how many times—I have heard of a person named the "Great Eastern" being at Mrs. Dawkins' house, and I have heard of Annie Stewart—I have not seen them there—but I have heard from Mr. Savage that he has taken them there.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you an unfortunate? A. Yes—I was subpoenaedhere.

COURT to JAMES THOMPSON. Q. Did you show that key to the landlady? A. Yes—she said it was something like the key that she gave her lodgers—I believe she said that it was shorter than the other.

COURT to MICHAEL HILL. Q. Did you know the prisoner by sight previous to 19th November? A. I had seen him on the night of the 16th with another man, that was the only time—I was not familiar with his person previously—that was what I described as "last week" when I was examined before the Magistrate—he was alone on the 19th, but on the 16th an elderly man was with him.

GUILTY .

He was further charged with having been convicted at Newington, in 1867, in the name of William James, to which he PLEADED GUILTY.

Seven Years' Penal Servitude .


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