GEORGE HARRIS.
1st March 1880
Reference Numbert18800301-262
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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262. GEORGE HARRIS (25) , Breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Walter Purkiss and stealing therein a watch, a jacket body, and other articles, his property.

MR. MORICE Prosecuted.

ADA PURKISS . I live at 1, Buck's Row, Whitechapel—on 5th January, about 8.30 p.m., I tried to open the door with a latch-key but could not, as it was bolted inside—I heard some one coma downstairs and than I called "Police," and Mr. Tedder came to me.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I did not get in till after you went to the station, which was a quarter of an hour—a young man got into the house and let me in, but they had got you before that.

WALTER TEDDER . I live at 5, Underwood Street—about 8.30 p.m. I was coming down Buck's Row and a young woman called out to me for help—I went across and saw one of the burglars drop over the gateway by the side of the house—I caught him but cannot identify him—another man helped him to escape—I broke open the back door and then opened the street door, after which the parlour door slammed—I saw the prisoner drop from the wall of the adjoining house and run into Baker Street—a constable took him—it was the man who was watching outside who helped.

Cross-examined. I saw you on the wall, but did not see the constable take you-15, Little North Street adjoins 2, Little North Street, and l, Buck's Row is the adjoining house at the back.

PATRICK O'CONNELL (Policeman K 365). On 5th February I was ealled and saw Ada Purkiss outside the door—I forced the door open with a stick and searched the house but did not find anybody—I then went to No. 7 and saw the prisoner on the back wall of No. 1—he jumped over into the garden of No. 15—the two back yards adjoin—I got oyer the wail and followed him and he was detained by two men—I took him and charged him—he aid, "All right, I will come with you."

Cross-examined. 15, North Street and 1, Buck's Row are back to back, Walter Purkiss. I am a carpenter, of 1,'Buck's Row—on 5th February I left home about 5.30 and returned about 10.15—I found the house had been broken into and several pairs of trousers, some coats, a clock, a watch, and several other articles were missing, value 10l.—I saw them all at Bethnal Green Station except the watch.

THOMAS ELSLIE (Policeman K 36). On 5th February, about 8.3, I went to 1 Back's Row and found the back kitchen window forced open—they had entered there and taken a coat from behind the front door, and had gone up to the front bedroom, opened a chest of drawers, and taken four coats, four pairs of trousers, three vests, and a jacket body, and this clock from the mantelshelf, and pulled this sheet from the bed and tied up the whole of the things in it except the watch, and left them on the bed—I found this jemmy in the back room—I found it fitted some marks on the windows—one of the coats was found downstairs.

ELLEN COTTIS . I live at 14, Little North Street—on 5th January, between 8 and 9 p.m., I heard an alarm of thieves—I went out but did not

sco any one—I took a little spirit lamp, got on the dust-hole, looked over the wall, and saw a man crouching down between two cisterns, either kneeling or lying—I said, "Come out of there," and he came across the wall into the yard on my side and fell on his knees and said, "For God's sake let me go through; I have a wife and two children, and I am starving, being out of work 19 weeks"—it was the prisoner—I said, "What business had you up there?"—he said, "I will tell you; I came to rob a house"—I said, "Oh, you did, then you will not go out of here"—he put his hand in his pocket and said, "I will give you all the money I have got if you let me go"—I said, "No, you will not go out of here," and I got him into the passage and held him till a constable came.

Cross-examined. I said at the police-court that it was on Wednesday, but I was very much upset and agitated—it was Thursday.

Prisoner's Defence. The witness said at the police-court that it was Wednesday, and now she says it was Thursday; if she makes a mistake in one thing she is liable to make a mistake in another.

GUILTY . He then PLEADED GUILTY** to a conviction in April, 1873.— Eight Years' Penal Servitude.

The Court ordered a reward of 3l. to be paid to Ellen Cottis.


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