22nd November 1886
Reference Numbert18861122-16
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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16. MOSES ROCKMAN (36) and CHARLES DAVIS (34) , Stealing four overcoats, a waistcoat, and two pieces of cloth of Samuel Steletoke and another, the masters of Rockman.

ROCKMAN PLEADED GUILTY .— Nine Months' Hard Labour.

MR. GOODRICH Prosecuted; MR. GEOGHEGAN defended Davis.

HENRY BIRD (City Policeman 899). On 23rd October, about 5.30 p.m., I was on duty in Houndsditch—I saw Rockman carrying three brown-paper parcels—he went into the Sir John Falstaff public-house—a few minutes afterwards Davis came out of Cutler Street into Houndsditch—he stopped and addressed me, and said, "Halloa, young Joe, how do you get on?"—I said, "All right"—I saw Rockman look out of one of the compartments of the public-house; Davis nodded his head at the same time, saying to me, "Come up, old buffalo, I will treat you"—Rockman returned into the public-house—I went and looked through an aperture into the compartment where the two prisoners were—I saw Rockman undo a brown-paper parcel and take out four overcoats and hand them to Davis, who put them into a sack that he was carrying when I first saw him—I heard no conversation—I went away for assistance, and communicated with another constable, and when Davis came out I pointed him out, and he stopped him, and I took Rockman into custody—at the station, after Davis gave an explanation, Rockman said, "It is true, I let him have them to sell for me"—I afterwards searched Davis's house, and found a sheet of brown paper resembling the sheet that I took possession of at the public-house.

Cross-examined. I mean that one sheet of brown paper looked like another—there is an old clothes exchange about 50 yards from the public-house; some dealers use the public-house—Davis knows me; I was in uniform.

JOSEPH PHIPPS (City Policeman 882). Bird called me and made a communication to me, in consequence of which I watched the Sir John Falstaff public-house—I saw Davis leave the house with a sack on his shoulder—I said, "Davis, what have you got in that sack?"—he said, "Some old clothes"—I said, "I believe you have got some new ones there which you have just received from a man in the public-house across the road, you will have to stop here a few minutes," and when I saw Bird with Rockman I said, "You will have to come on to the station with me and be charged with unlawful possession"—he said, "Jesus Christ, Joe, you don't mean to say that? I have got a wife just confined at home"—on the way to the station he said, "A man over at the public-house gave them to me to sell for him"—they were both charged at the station—Davis said that Rockman had given him the coats to sell for him—Rockman said that he made the coats and bought the pieces in the Lane, and gave them to Davis to sell.

SAMUEL STELETOKE . I am a wholesale clothier, 20, Newcastle Street, Whitechapel—Rockman was in my employment as a sorter—these four overcoats are mine, and were stolen from my place on 23rd October.

FREDERICK RYDER ADAMS . I am manager of the Bell Tavern, Middle sex Street—I know the prisoners as customers; Rockman has frequently been there, and Davis on two or three occasions; I have seen them there together.

Cross-examined. The Clothes Exchange is about 200 yards from my house—Rockman has left parcels at my house.


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