WILLIAM GRIFFITHS.
23rd October 1876
Reference Numbert18761023-518
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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518. WILLIAM GRIFFITHS (27) , Stealing a coat, waistcoat, and trousers, the property of Edward Baldock.

MR. DALTON conducted the Prosecution.

EDWARD BALDOCK . I live at 7, Abbey Street, West Ham—on 21st September, at 6.45 a.m. I left the prisoner at my house, I had arranged with him to come to lodge with me—when I came home I missed a coat, waistcoat, and trousers, value three guineas, which I had seen safe in a box, in the front parlour, the night before—these are them (produced).

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. You and I went to the theatre together on 20th September, I picked up a prostitute, we all three went to a beer-house, and then walked with her to the turning of Robin Hood Lane—I did not want to take her home—I did not say that I had got no money; I had money in my pocket—I did not leave my purse on the window ledge—I did not tell you to meet the prostitute next morning at the top of Robin Hood Lane—I said that I had to go to work at 7 a.m. on a tea ship—I had nothing to do with her, and did not want to see her again—I did not tell you to take your clothes and dispose of them for 10s., so that she could go home with me—I could not take anybody to my place.

SAMUEL CLARK . I live at 2, Brown's Road, Plaistow—I went home with the prosecutor when he missed his clothes—I went to public-house, found the prisoner, and gave him in charge.

Cross-examined. I did not give this evidence at Stratford on the 22nd, because I was not called—I paid a visit to you at the police-court—I did not say in the presence of an officer, that I knew nothing about the case, and was only saying what Baldock told me.

WALTER THOMAS BAKER . I am assistant to Mr. Walker, a pawnbroker, of West Ham—on 21st September, about 8.30 a.m., I took those things in pledge from the prisoner, and advanced 20s. on them—he gave the name of Griffiths, Brooks Read—I gave them to the constable on the 22nd.

WILLIAM MAJOR (Policeman). On 21st September, about 8.40, the prosecutor came to the station, and I went with him, to a public-house at Poplar, and found the prisoner, who said that he had pawned the clothes, and got them from Baldock.

The Prisoner's Statement before the Magistrate. "On Wednesday evening last me and the prisoner went to the Albion Theatre together; he there picked up with a prostitute; we waited there till it was all over and then went into a public-house and had some beer. He. then wanted to know if she would accompany him home for the night, she said she would not, because he had no money. He then said "I can get you some money in the morning, "but she would not go with him. He told her then to meet me at 9 o'clock next morning at the top of Robin Hood Lane, that I should take his things to pawn and take her 10s., so as she and her son could get some things to go and live with him.

Prisoner's Defence. If I had stolen his clothes it is not likely I should have pledged them in my right name in a place where I was known, and I should not have gone to a beer-house where the prosecutor would come and find me. If he did not want me to take the things, why did he take me to his house. I acknowledge taking them to pledge, but it was with his consent.

NOT GUILTY .


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