9th January 1893
Reference Numbert18930109-199
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceCorporal > whipping; Imprisonment > penal servitude

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199. GEORGE SQUIB, Robbery with violence on Henry Shaffer and stealing his watch and chain and a sovereign purse.

MR. GRAZEBROOK Prosecuted and MR. KEITH-FRITH Defended.

HENRY SCHAFFER . I am a dealer, of 29, Turner Street, Stepney—on Sunday, 8th inst., I came out of the station in Aldgate East, about 11. 20 p. m., and was looking for a tram or 'bus to go to Blackheath—I took my watch from my pocket, and before I could see the time I received a violent blow in my right eye; at the same time I was tripped up and fell—I was bruised and I ache all over still, and ray eye is still contused—in falling I saw the prisoner—I shouted, "Police!" as my watch and chain were gone—this is the watch (produced)—the prisoner ran away—I next saw him in the custody of two railway guards—a constable came—I charged the prisoner with robbing me.

Cross-examined. I saw no" horse-play" or "skylarking"—I had not been in a public-house—I had taken my watch out at King's Cross Station to see the time about ten minutes previously—I had come from Ked Lion Street—I had been-to see a friend—I had not seen the prisoner before—I was very much shocked.

WILLIAM BOND . I am a porter of the District Railway—I saw the prosecutor standing on the pavement, and the prisoner come from the Essex public-house, which was closed—I saw the prisoner strike the prosecutor in the face and knock him down on the pavement with his list, take his watch from his pocket, and run away—the prisoner slung the watch in the air—I was four yards off—the prisoner ran into Examiner Fenton's arms, then turned back, and I got hold of him and took him into the station—he was detained—Fenton came to my assistance—a constable came and took the prisoner to Leman Street.

Cross-examined. The next day the prosecutor was able to give evidence at Worship Street—he gave it clearly—there is no doctor in this case.

By the JURY. I saw the prisoner detach the chain—the watch-chain was pulled out bodily.

ABRAHAM FENTON . I am a ticket collector at Farringdon Street—on. this Sunday I left Farringdon at 11. 23, arrived at Aldgate 11. 31—while talking to Bond at Aldgate East, five minutes later, I saw the prisoner strike the prosecutor with his fist in the face—he snatched the prosecutor's watch and chain, and made off—he butted me in the stomach with his head—I was trying to stop him—I got hold of him by the collar—Bond came up, and we pulled him into the station, and kept him there till the constable came—the prisoner flung the watch and chain ill the air when he butted me, and as I got him by the collar.

Cross-examined. I saw no woman with the prosecutor.

ABRAHAM ALEXANDER . Hive at 7, Boyd Street, Backchurch Lane—I

was standing at the corner of Aldgate about 11. 35—I beard a cry of Stop thief!"—I went as far as Aldgate Station, and saw the prosecutor on the ground, and then I saw the prisoner throw the watch and chain in the air—I picked it up out of the gutter—I saw the prisoner held by the two porters—this is the watch—I gave it to the constable.

ROBERT SMITH (792, City). On Sunday night I heard cries of "Stop-thief!" near Aldgate—I found the prisoner held by Bond—the prosecutor came up and said prisoner had assaulted him, and taken his watch and chain—the prisoner said, "I know nothing about it; I have just come from a christening"—he was sober—Alexander handed the watch and chain to the prosecutor, and the prosecutor handed them to me—I took the prisoner to the station—he was charged.

GUILTY **†.—He then

PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction at Clerkenwell in June, 1884, in the name of George Collins. Twenty-five strokes of the cat, and Five Years' Penal Servitude. Bond and Fenton were awarded £3 each for stopping the prisoner.

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