10th September 1883
Reference Numbert18830910-819
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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819. GEORGE GRAHAM (24) , Stealing a book and an order for the payment of 2l. 7s. 6d. from the person of William Blackaby.

MR. KISCH Prosecuted; MR. PURCELL Defended.

WILLIAM HENRY BLACKABY . I live at 8, Canal Road, Shoreditch, and am a wheelwright—on 19th July, shortly after midnight, I had been in a public-house near the high road, near Hoxton, and was going home—when near the corner of the high road the prisoner, whom I had not seen before to my knowledge, came behind me, took hold of me, said "Halloa," opened my coat, and took out my pocket-book from a side pocket—I said, "What are you doing of?" and took hold of the end of his coat and collar—he dragged me on to the side of the road—I called out "Police"—he said, "I will give you your pocket-book back if you will let me go"—I said "No," and called out "Police"—they came and took the pocket-book out of his hand—there were a cheque for 2l. 7s. 6d. and a few of my cards in it—I did not notice any people about when this occurred—I cannot say if the prisoner was sober.

Cross-examined. I do not know the name of the public-house—I went in about 11.30—I had been at the Robin Hood, another public-house, before that for a quarter of an hour—before that I had been on business at another public-house—when I went to the Robin Hood I saw a gentleman with whom I did business, and he asked me to go and have a glass of ale—I was not doing business of that kind before I was at the public-

house—I went to the second public-house to have a glass of ale with a gentleman I had purchased goods of—I will take my oath I did not have any spirits—the second house was a beershop; while there I proposed we should all go to a spirit house, and I would treat them to some gin—there might have been a little music there, I gave a comic—we were all together in one compartment—I was quite sober—the persons were strangers to me, except one—they asked me to stand something, and I gave them two pots of ale—there might have been eight or ten—I have not a clear recollection of it—I don't know how much I drank—I did not take out my pocket-book in the public-house and say I have got so much—I went out by myself—I had had sufficient—I was not going to get some gin, that did not come off—the prisoner might have been in the bar with me—I know he came behind, and the sergeant took the pocket-book away from him—he thought I could not hold him, but he said he had never had such a man before tackle him—I did not say that we had been in the public-house together—I did not drop my pocket-book on the floor of the public-house—my friend did not pick it up, and as I was in such a state that I could not take it, hand it to the prisoner—I can recollect all that took place.

Re-examined. I am sure I did not take out my pocket-book before I left the public-house.

JOSEPH MASLIN (Policeman G 450). About 12.15 on the morning of 13th July I was in St. John's Road and heard cries of "Police!"—I ran round by the public-house and saw the prisoner and Blackaby struggling together at the corner of the High Road—Blackaby said "I will give the prisoner into custody for stealing my pocket-book from my breast-pocket"—the prisoner said "Don't lock me up; I will give you the pocket-book"—he held it in his hand; I grasped it from him in that manner.

Cross-examined. There was a man there who tried to trip me up—I don't know whether he was Blackaby's friend or not—the prisoner did not say the prosecutor had dropped the book—I swear the only words he used were "Don't lock me up; I will give you the pocket-book"—I have them in writing—there were a mob of people round the prosecutor and the prisoner, and the prosecutor seemed very excited.

By the COURT. The prosecutor knew what he was about when I came up.

GUILTY (See Old Court, Friday, page 533.)

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