30th January 1888
Reference Numbert18880130-280
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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280. HENRY WISE (29) and WILLIAM BRAY (23) , Stealing 5l. 2s., the moneys of Samuel Lewis.

MR. HUGGINS Prosecuted; MR. LOWE Defended.

EMMA HIGGINSON . I am manageress to Mr. Samuel Lewis, of the Two Brewers, Shoe Lane—on 6th January, about 11.50 p.m., five men came in—I served them with a pot of ale—the prisoners are two of them—I left the bar in charge of a boy and went into the bar-parlour—I heard something on the stairs and opened the door—I saw a man—the boy made a communication, in consequence of which I went back to the bar, and missed a bowl of money which I had left there, with 5l. in gold and silver in it and 2s. worth of bronze, wrapped in paper—I sent the boy for a policeman—the man on the stairs was shorter than the others, but it was dark; I could not recognise him.

Cross-examined. I could see the bar from the bar-parlour—I was standing with my back to the bar—I was just finishing counting the money when the men came in and asked for the ale—I saw them enter the bar.

Re-examined. The men were sitting about three yards from where the bowl was.

GEORGE FREDERICK CLARK . I am employed by Mr. Lewis, of the Two Brewers—I saw five men come in—the prisoners are two of them—Mrs. Higginson served them—she went to the bar-parlour—I stayed in the bar—one of the men jumped over the bar, took the bowl of money, and jumped back again, and all ran out—four were in the bar and one outside—I ran and told Mrs. Higginson—I went for a policeman—I next saw the prisoners in custody—I saw the five men talking together—they seemed to know each other.

Cross-examined. I was putting the coffee machine straight when they came in—I said at the police-court that the prisoners were not the men who robbed the bar—that is true—I saw one of the other men go out first—I called out "We have been robbed"—I did not say at the police-court that I could not identify the men—my deposition was read to me—I said another word which might mean that, I am no scholar.

EDWARD WOOLLETT . I am night watchman at Pontifex and Wood's in Shoe Lane—on 6th January I saw four men leave the Two Brewers about 11. 45, one by one door and three by another—I saw Clark, and from what he said I kept the men in view; I never lost sight of them—I apprehended Wise, he walked towards Ludgate Circus—the man who came out at one door went up Robin Hood Court—I spoke to a policeman—the prisoners are two of the men—I saw three of them taking money from papers and dropping the paper—I was about 50 yards off—I picked up the paper and handed it to the policeman I handed Wise to—the little one escaped.

Cross-examined. When I first saw them I was nearer 100 than 200 yards from them, it might have been nearer 200—I did not see them throw anything away—I never lost sight of them.

GEORGE WHEELDON (Policeman 377). About 11.55 p.m. on 6th January, Woollett spoke to me and I followed him down St. Bride Street—he seized a man—the prisoners were walking on the other side of the street—I caught Bray—he slipped away; I caught him again—I had noticed the men before I was spoken to, handing something to one another—they appeared to see me and walked quickly towards Ludgate Circus and stopped—the prisoners were charged—they said they were innocent and they had been in the public-house and a man treated them—they gave addresses where I went and found they were not known—I found on Wise 1s. 1d., and on Bray 5 1/2 d.—I lost sight of the prisoners for about ten seconds.


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