28th February 1876
Reference Numbert18760228-220
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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220. GEORGE FREDERICK STANHOPE (32) , Robbery on Barnabas Riley, and stealing from his person a watch and pocket-book, his property.

MR. DOUGLAS conducted the Prosecution.

BARNABAS RILEY . I am a tobacconist, of 278, High Street, Poplar-on the 26th February, after 10 o'clock at night, I was at the Iron Bridge public-house, Barking Road, with a friend—I saw the prisoner there doing sleight-of-hand work and different kinds of tricks—I have known him by sight many years; he is what they call a sharper—he is not a particular friend of mine, but he made himself an acquaintance—I serve thirty or forty public-houses—I had had more drink than was quite right—I went out of the public-house, leaving him there, but he was very quick after me—he ran after me as hard as he could with a little man about 5 feet high—I ran into Mr. Forsyth's shop, and remained there till I got him to go home with me and bring a little bit of a truncheon—the prisoner had not spoken to me nor I to him—we had to go 600 or 700 yards to my house—we were talking, and I did not see the prisoner—Mr. Forsyth left me at the bottom of Robin Hood Lane, and I went on alone—I opened my side door with my latch-key, and as soon as I had done so the prisoner said "Ain't you going to bid us good-night, old chap?" and he threw me down with one hand and to ok my watch and pocket-book—my wife and my boy spoke to me at my door, but I did not go in; I ran to the police-station with as much strength as I had left—I could not speak, but I was told something—my pocket-book was returned to me next morning, but I have not seen my watch again.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I went to my friend to take me home, I being rather in liquor—I did not stop to see whether you were following us—if you stole my watch and pocket-book I cannot say how my pocket-book came to be found at the public-house.

HENRY DIXON . I am a labourer, of 12, Leicester Street, Poplar—on the night of the 6th January, between 12 and 1 p.m., I was standing with Lovesey outside Mr. Townsend's, High Street, Poplar; that is about a mile and a quarter from the Irion Bridge tavern—I saw Riley pass me, and saw the prisoner and a man with a black eye—I said something to Lovesey and took notice of them—I saw them cross the road—I followed them; they went to Riley's door, and both got close to the door—Riley went in soon afterwards, and then the two men ran away, and Riley came out and holloaed "Stop thief!" and they both ran towards Bow Lane—they might go that way to the Iron Bridge, but it is a long way—when Riley called out a policeman ran up, and I said "You are just too late"—when they ran away I was so surprised that I had not time to do anything.

Cross-examined. You were 20 yards behind Riley on the same side

—I saw Riley's Albert chain hanging on his waistcoat; he was smoking a pipe—I might have got stopped myself if I had stopped you.

HENRY LOVESEY . I live at 6, Surrey Place, Poplar—I was with Dixon standing outside a beer-shop, and saw Riley coming along and the prisoner and another man following him behind—they crossed the road after Riley, who unlocked his door and went inside, and the moment he got inside he made some answer—the prisoner then said "Come on," and they ran up Poplar—I was only following them two or three seconds.

Cross-examined. His coat was open and I saw that he had a watch, and thought you were going to steal it—I did not run after you because the last I stopped in Poplar I got my nose broken, but I got a reward of 10s.

HERBERT KERSEY . On 27th February, at 7.25 a.m., I found this pocket-book just opposite the Aberfeldie Arms, in a field—that is near the Iron Bridge—I gave it to Riley, it was open—nothing was in it, but the bills were strewed about by the side of it; I picked them up and put them inside. B. Riley (re-examined). This is my pocket-book—Kersey gave it to me.

GEORGE QUANTRELL (Policeman). On 26th February, about 11 o'clock or 11.30, I was near the Robinhood, Poplar, and saw Riley and another gentleman—the prisoner and another man were following, 20 yards behind them, in the direction of Riley's house—I did not watch them as I had no suspicion—I have been looking for the other man, but have not been able to find him.

Cross-examined. I did come and give evidence next morning, because I had no orders—I know when I saw you that you were charged with this offence—I mentioned it to the inspector, and I attended at the police-court, but was not called.

Re-examined. I heard of his being apprehended on Friday morning—I did not go to the police-court on Saturday, because I was not warned to go—I did not go till Monday.

CHARLES MATHAM (Policeman K 432). I was on duty in High Street between 11 and 12 o'clock, and saw Riley, who told me he had been robbed of his watch—he gave me a description—I turned on my light and found this bow of a watch just by Riley's private door.

B. RILEY (re-examined). I cannot swear to this bow, but my watch had a similar bow.

WILLIAM BACK (Police Inspector K). On 27th February, about 12.20 ton., Riley gave me a description of the men who had robbed him—I looked for the men and went to Kelly Street, with two policemen at 12.30, leaving two others in the street—I found the prisoner in the back room, just sitting down to supper and told him the charge—he said "What date was it?"—I said I do not remember—he said that he would go to the station with me—he put his shoes and stockings, and as soon as he got to the door he pushed the policemen down and ran down the street as fast as he could—I called out and one of the policeman stopped him—he was taken to the station, and after the charge was read over he said "If I had known it was this I should not have bolted"—I said "What did you think?"—he said "I had a man for a sovereign this morning"—I searched him, but found nothing—he had this sleight of hand trick (produced) in his pocket.

Prisoner's Defence, I do not disown being in the public-house, because I am there everyday; I might have been seen going home; I was described as a man with curly hair, and they said "Let us go and inform against him, and get paid for it. "When the first man was examined, Mr. Paget said. "What

do you know about it?" He said "Not much; I saw the man run I believe he stole the watch," and then he looked rouud to know what he was to say next. The fact is he was too drunk to run after me; I know nothing about his pocket-book or what he has lost; he gave quite a different account at the police-court.

WILLIAM BACK (re-examined). Riley gave the same account at the police-court substantially.

GUILTY . He was further charged with having been convicted of felony all Chipping Wickham, in August, 1873, to which he

PLEADED GUILTY * —Seven Years' Penal Servitude.

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