2nd July 1888
Reference Numbert18880702-672
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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672. GEORGE CULLEN (18) , Breaking and entering the dwellinghouse of Emanuel Krost, and stealing two suits of clothes, three pipes, and three pipe-cases, his property.

MR. BRUSHFIELD Prosecuted; MR. PURCELL Defended.

EMANUEL KROST . I am a provision merchant, of 38, Brick Lane—on 11th June I closed my place at 8.20, and left about 8.40—I stayed out till 9.40, and went in at the side door and saw my barrow in a different place to where I had left it—I was looking to see whether it was mine, and made a noise with it—the prisoner then jumped out of the passage—I said "What do you want here—he mumbled something, and passed me, and made for the gate—I had a clear view of his face—he slammed the gate in my face, and before I could open it he ran into Flower and Dean Street—I was afraid to go up to him, and went back and found my place broken open—the door leading to the shop parlour was broken open, and another door was open—I missed from a chest of drawers a few dozen briar pipes, three of which were in cases—one was silver mounted, and had an amber tip, and another was mounted with silver and amber, also some cigar-cutters; two suits of clothes were on the ground ready to be taken away, and two linen shirts, half-a-dozen towels, value altogether 7l. or 8l.—I went to the station and described the man I saw—I went there again the next day, and picked the prisoner out of 10 or 12 others.

Cross-examined. This was in the back yard; it is not very large—there is a light from the public-house—the yard is divided from the street by a wooden door—the prisoner did not run, but walked very fast—mine is a wholesale provision shop—I saw a number of men in a row at the station—some were dark and some fair—there were two dark fellows, one on each side of the prisoner, taller than him, one was tall—I looked at all of them—the young man who jumped from the passage had no collar on—there were two or three without collars at the station.

Re-examined. I was not half a yard from the prisoner when he passed me in the yard—the lights at the public-house were full on, and the light came over into the yard so that I could see everything fairly plainly.

WALTER DEW (Policeman). On 11th June I was in Brick Lane with another detective, watching the prisoner and several other men from 7.30 to a quarter to 8, which seemed to annoy the prisoner, and he came across to me and began blackguarding us—we told him to go away; we were in plain clothes—I have no doubt he is the man—I told them what we should do if they did not go, and the prisoner said "G—blind me, if ever you attempt to take me I will chevy you"—that means stab you.

THOMAS UDALL (Policeman E 276). On 11th June I saw the prisoner in Fashion Street about 9 o'clock and previous—he was about 50 yards from the prosecutor's house, standing on the pavement—my suspicions were aroused—I ordered them to move on.

Cross-examined. I have seen him before in Brick Lane some time back—some of the shops were open at 9 o'clock; I was in uniform—I gave evidence on the remand; I do not keep a diary—I heard what passed with the constable, and made a communication to the detective on the Wednesday—it may have been on the 12th that I heard the prisoner was

in custody—my evidence was not given for a week after—I am positive the prisoner is the man.


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