13th November 1893
Reference Numbert18931113-79
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour; Imprisonment > hard labour

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79. ROBERT WILLIAMS (25), and JOHN TUCKER (29) , Burglary in the dwelling—house of William Cobley, and stealing a snuff—box and other articles., his goods, to which


WILLIAM COBLEY . I keep the Commercial Hotel, Herne Hill—on 17th October I saw my son close the place—I left all the doors locked, and from 6s. to 7s. in bronze in the till, and in the cash drawer a bag of farthings to the same amount, and a little silver Australian coin—I went to bed at 12.45, and my son called me at 7.45—I went down and found the cash drawer open, and all the copper taken, and the bag of farthings, also—this is the Australian coin (Produced)—the fanlight of the back door was broken—the prisoners have frequently been there; I saw them there between eleven and twelve that night.

ERNEST WILLIAM COBLEY . I am a son of the last witness—on 17th October I went to bed about 12.45, after fastening up the house in con—junction with my dad—I came down about 7.40 a.m., and found the place in disorder, and a glass had been used for port wine—I saw the prisoners in the bar the night before.

CHARLES ENGLISH . I live at 103, Dolly's Road, Herne Hill—the back I of my mother's house overlooks 230, Weldon Roadi, it is eight houses I down—on October 18th, about six a.m., I was about to get up, and heard I someone talking in the back garden—I went to the window, and saw Tucker on the wall—I took him to be a workman—I put on my clothes and in about two minutes I looked again and he had shifted his position, I

and was talking to somebody over the wall—the police communicated with me—I went to the station next day and pointed out Tucker from nine others—I have not the slightest doubt about him.

FRANK SYKES (Detective Officer). On October 19th I arrested Tucker going into his house—I said I should take him for burglary, with Williams, on Tuesday night—he said, "All right; I can go through it"—I took him to the station, and took from him these two keys, one of which opened a box, in which I found twenty farthings and this small Australian coin—I took them to the station and showed them to him—he said, "Yes, I picked them up this morning"—Caroline Tucker saw me find them in this box (produced), which was locked up in a large box.

THOMAS AYRE (Police Sergeant). I was called to the house at 8.30, and found it broken open—I found Williams in an unoccupied house about nine doors off, and arrested him.

Witness for Tucker.

CAROLINE TUCKER . I am the prisoner's sister—I go out charing—my brother had some coins which he kept in this box on the mantelpiece—I do not know whether it had a hole in it or not—the police found some farthings—he keeps them in this box, not in a drawer—one of the old farthings in the box belongs to me; it is of the reign of George III.—on May 20th we were about moving, and I came across this box and looked to see what was in it—there were several farthings and several old ones; I am not sure of the dates—I spoke about them before the Magistrate, and was told they were stolen.

Cross-examined. My brother is a surgical instrument maker, over the bridge—he had not been at work for a fortnight—he earns 25s. or 30s. a week—he comes home sometimes at nine and sometimes at ten, but one night last month he came home, and I said, "It must be three o'clock"—he said, no, it was only two—it was a pouring wet night, and I was very cross with him for being so late—one of the farthings had a very rough edge—I always let him in at night, because my aged mother cannot get downstairs.

By the COURT. I was at the Police—court—I did not say that my brother had not been out for a fortnight previous, because I was not asked the question—I did not say, "I had to let my brother in, and he was not out on any day."

Tucker's Defence., It was raining very hard that afternoon, said Williams and I went to the Royal Oak, and then to the Sun Beerhouse, and played at dominoes till 11.30, when I wished him good—night I went to another public—house, and stayed there till 12.30, and walked home. I was at home by 1.30. I did not say I found the coins, I said I found the little silver coin in Stockwell Road three years ago.

TUCKER— GUILTY *†— Twelve Months' Hard Labour. Sentence on WILLIAMS†— Ten Months' Hard Labour.

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