25th June 1883
Reference Numbert18830625-654
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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654. HENRY MORRIS (21) , Burglary in the dwelling house of Hirsch Moses, and stealing two watches, and other articles, and 2l. 10s. in money, his property.

MR. WILLIAMS Prosecuted.

JOHANNAH MOSES . I am the wife of Hirsch Moses, of 12, White's Row, Whitechapel—we are in the boot trade—on Saturday night, May 19th, I went to bed about 11.45—my room is on the second-floor—I fastened the window with a bolt, firmly—I awoke between 1 and 2 a.m., saw the window open, and a man standing at the open wardrobe taking out the contents, a watch and chain, and some loose money—there was a little light—the man was of a medium height, and wore a black coat—I cannot identify the prisoner positively—I jumped out of bed, and screamed, and a policeman came to the window—the man dropped a watch and chain, and jumped out at the window, and I saw a ladder there—my husband was in the room, but was not very well—he is not here—a pair of boots and a waistcoat were also taken out of the wardrobe, and the boots were left in an adjoining room—everything downstairs was open, the lock of a wardrobe open, and a window was taken out—I have seen the prisoner before—I missed 30 pairs of boots in boxes, and a money-box with 2l. 10s. in it.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I used to see you every day—I cannot say that it was you in my room because you jumped out too quick, but it was a familiar face.

LYDIA MOSES . I am the daughter of the last witness—I was in the room above her—I went down and saw my papa draw a ladder from the window, and then I shouted—a window downstairs was forced open and a window in my mother's room was open and the glass slid open with a knife—the ladder belonged to a man at the back of our yard—there are three or four yards at the back and a lot of gardens—the walls are low, I could easily climb over them.

GEORGE PALMER (Policeman K 176). I was on duty about 12.30 a.m. on the 20th, and saw three men right opposite No. 12—the prisoner is one of them—I knew some of them before—I said "Young men, move on, it is getting late now;" one of them said "All right," and they walked away—I saw them all three again at 1.30 standing right opposite the house, but did not speak to them, as they went just before I got to them—when it had just gone 2 I heard screams of police, and almost directly saw the three men rush out at a wicket gate at the side of the house No. 12—the gate is not connected with No. 12, it is in another street; the yard is in another street shut in by two large doors—I cannot say which house the gate belongs to, but it is about 20 yards from No. 12, round the next corner—it does not communicate with No. 12—I ran after the men—the prisoner came towards me and passed round the corner under a lamp, and I could see that it was the same man who I had spoken to before; he got away—they dropped a money-box and 30 pairs of boots in boxes inside the wicket gate, which were taken to the station and identified; I produce one pair—on 30th May I saw the prisoner go into the Collingwood beerhouse and said "I am going to

take you in custody for breaking into the house on the opposite side, No. 12;" he said "All right, I know nothing about it"—he went quietly a little way, and then became very violent, and I had to get the assistance of three constables to take him to the station—I knew him before.

Cross-examined. There were only you and two others when I told you to go away, there were not 15—I spoke to Tilbrook—I did not peep round the corner when I was in private clothes and see you three different times—I never saw you till the 30th, or I should have apprehended you.

By the COURT. I was looking for him—a wooden fence runs between the wicket gate and the house—it parts the back of the yard from this yard which runs up to the back of No. 12.

JOHANNAH MOSES (Re-examined). These shoes are mine—I have got the fellows to them—he took my watch, but he dropped my husband's watch—this is it (produced).

Witnesses for the Defence.

FRANCIS CLARK . I am a tailor, and am the prisoner's master—on Saturday, 20th May, he was in bed by 20 minutes to 1, and did not go out till 10 a.m.—he slept in the back room—I have always found him honest, and have trusted him with several coats to take home on Saturdays, with change for a sovereign.

Cross-examined. I know he came in at that time because I heard him—sleep in the front room—another lodger, his companion, sleeps in the room with him—I heard steps at that time, but did not take particular notice whose steps they were—I have a clock in my room—it always keeps good time—I was in bed—I had no light, but I went to bed at 12.20, and I reckon by that—the parish church clock is close by, and we go by that—it might be 10 minutes to 1 or a few minutes later when I heard the steps—I might be a minute or two out—I do not know that the prisoner has been convicted.

JOHN BACON . I am a labourer—I was with the prisoner on this night, five of us were together when the prisoner spoke to us—we went home at 11.30 and got home, at twenty minutes or a quarter to 1—we both went in together and he did not go out any more after that—I am, the companion you have heard of.

Cross-examined. We slept in the back room and went in together—I wore the same boots as I have on now—I know the hour by the time the "houses" closed—we had been in the Collingbourne, which is five minutes' walk from Baker Row, where I live—the prisoner and I generally went home together, we are together of a night—I remember this particular morning because I heard of the robbery next morning—I remember the house shutting up—I go home with the prisoner every night—I can give you no other reason for fixing May 20—it was Saturday night and the public-houses shut at 12.

By the COURT. The two constables who have given evidence spoke to us—they said that it was time us lads should see about getting home—we were then standing again the posts in Buck's Row, which some call White's Row.

JOHN EDWARDS . I am an oil and colourman—on this Saturday night we left the Collingbourne about a quarter or twenty minutes past 12—I left the prisoner about 100 yards from the Collingbourne, he was then going straight home—about a dozen of us were together outside the

Collingbourne when the policeman spoke to us—ho only spoke to you once that I know of—I did not see him speaking to Mr. Tilbrook—he did not speak to me in White's Row.

Cross-examined. I live in White's Row and the Collingbourne is in Buck's Row, quite close to White's Row, there is only a street dividing—we bid him good-bye at 12.30, and did not see him afterwards.

DEBORAH BENJAMIN . My husband is a foreman—I saw a man go in at Mr. Moses's window about a quarter to 12 and get out at the back window—the prisoner is quite a different man, and I told Mrs. Moses that it was not this young man—I do not know him—I only saw one.

Cross-examined. I live next door to Mrs. Moses—her back window is not in a line with mine, it is a little higher—I was sitting up for my husband to return from the theatre—there was no moon—it was not very dark, the reflection from the lights would show a little light—there is no erection between her house and mine—her window is not on the same face as mine, it was quite easy for me to see—I have looked out there before at Mrs. Moses's window—I did not raise an alarm—I saw a policeman in the yard, picking up money, and the servant girl was down stairs—I have seen the prisoner before, standing at the corner, but I don't know him—I saw him standing by the Colleen Bawn that evening as late as a quarter to 12—the man I saw looking in at the window had black trowsers and a white smock and a cap—I spoke to Mrs. Moses.

Witnesses in reply.

---- THICK (Policeman). I was present at Middlesex Sessions on 23rd January, 1882, when the prisoner was sentenced to twelve months' hard labour for assault and robbery.

GEORGE PALMER (Re-examined). I knew the prisoner before. Prisoner's Defence. I own I have been convicted, but since I was discharged I have been getting an honest living. It is very hard to be charged when I was not there and have witnesses to prove it. The policeman only saw me once that night, and if he knew me why did he not come and take me?

GUILTY . He then

PLEADED GUILTYto a conviction at Clerkenwell in January, 1882.— Five Years' Penal Servitude. The officer Palmer identified the witness Bacon as one of the men he spoke to with the prisoner, upon which the COURT ordered Bacon to be taken in custody.

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