31st March 1879
Reference Numbert18790331-388
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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388. GEORGE GARDNER (20) and FREDERICK GOWER (18) , Stealing 50 pair of boots and a hamper of John South. Second Count receiving the same.

MR. LILLET Prosecuted.

JOHN SOUTH . I am an auctioneer in Bishopsgate Street—on 6th March, about 1 p.m., I received by railway a hamper containing 50 pairs of boots; it was placed in front of the warehouse in the street—I went over into the leather market, and on my return about 5.30 I missed the hamper—I could not identify it, but I could the boots; I had not looked at them, but I know the make.

THOMAS SAGER . I am a medical student and live in Bartholomew Close—on 6th March, about 5 o'clock, I saw the two prisoners together in Chiswell Street; I followed them into Beech Street, Barbican; they there met a man carrying a hamper; they took it off his head and had some conversation; Gower gave him dome money and the man then left them and went towards Finsbury Square—the prisoners each took hold of the hamper and carried it to the top of Red Cross Street, they met a man there with a costermonger's barrow and spoke to him, and then placed the hamper on the barrow and all three went on together, Gower pulling one side of. the barrow assisting the man, and Gardner walking on the footway—I followed them into Charter-house Street, I saw Sergeant Coldery, and gave him information; we followed them and they were taken into custody—I went with them to the station—the hamper was opened there and contained 50 pairs of boots—this is the hamper and these are some of the boots.

Cross-examined by Gower. I did not hear what you said to the man with the hamper—I saw you give him some money; it was silver—I was on the opposite side of the road—you had no chance of escape after I spoke to the policeman.

GEORGE COLDERY (City Police Sergeant 45). I received a communication from Mr. Sager, and he and I and Pack, another constable who was with me, followed the prisoner into Charterhouse Street, where I stopped the barrow and took them into custody—Gower was violent, and was threatening Mr. Seager—we all went to the station; the man with the barrow followed with the hamper—the prisoners were asked what the hamper contained—they said they did not know; that a man had given it them tacarry—they were asked for their addresses; they said they had no fixed residence.

Cross-examined by Gower. You were not violent to me—you threatened to knock Mr. Sager's b——head off—you did not strike him; you used violent language.

JAMES PACK (City Policeman 164). I was with Coldery when Mr. Sager

gave him information—I followed and apprehended Gardner; he was behind a railway van a few yards from the barrow—Gower was threatening Mr. Sager.

JOSEPH WILLIAM NORRIS . I am a coal-dealer in Camomile Street, about fifty or sixty yards from the prosecutor's—I let out trucks—on 6th March, about 25 minutes to 5, the prisoners came and said "Lend us a truck, governor"—they had this hamper with them—I was serving a customer, and when I had served him the prisoners were half way up the street with the hamper in their hands, one on each side—I did not let them the truck; they did not stop long enough.

ALFRED WHEELER . I am a porter at 2, York Row, Central Street, St. Luke's—on 6th March I was in Beech Street; I there met the prisoners—they said "Charlie, give us a lift up"—they put the hamper on my barrow, and we went on till the police stopped us.

Cross-examined by Gower. You said you would give me 6d. for doing it.

JOHN WILLIAM BOND . I am warehouseman to Mr. South—I saw this hamper there on 6th March; I did not open it; I opened a case that came with it after the hamper was missed—this is the invoice; it came by post—the hamper contained a portion of what we expected, and the boots in the case came from the same man, Mr. Waite, of Northampton—they exactly correspond with those found in the hamper.

Gower in his defence stated that the man who had the hamper promised them 1s. to carry it for him.

GUILTY of receiving . Both the prisoners PLEADED GUILTY to having been before convicted and several summary convictions were also proved against them.— Seven years' Penal Servitude.

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