8th February 1897
Reference Numbert18970208-213
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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213. RODONO COPERTINO (20) , Breaking and entering the dwelling-house of David Bozzini, and stealing 800 cigars, his property.

MR. COLLINS Prosecuted.

DAVID BOZZINI . I keep a restaurant at 211, High Street, Streatham—on January 11th, about 7 a.m., I went down and found the kitchen window and the iron bars forced by some instrument—I had inspected the locking-up of the house the night before—I missed some forks and spoons, worth £11, and about 800 cigars, worth £12—they were on the premises the night before—the prisoner was in my service from March to August, 1894, in the same house—these cigars and other articles (produced) are mine.

THOMAS POTTS . I live at Colville Place, Tottenham Court Road—the prisoner lodged with me—on February 12th I went into his room, and saw some cigars, and spoons and forks—I locked the room, when he came in, and asked him about them—he said, "They are my friend'?"—I tried to get the key; he made a bolt, but a gentleman stopped him, and he was taken to the Police court.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I did not come in a week before, and find a man lying on your bed.

JAMES KENWARD (Policeman 63 E). On the afternoon of February 12th I saw Potts detaining the prisoner; I took him to the station, searched him, and found this centre-bit—he said that the tools at his room belonged to a friend of his, whom he met in Old Compton Street three or four days before, who asked him to take them home.

ALFRED SHOLES (Detective Officer G). On February 12th I searched the prisoner's lodging, and in a drawer in his room I found this brace, this centre-bit, these keys, three boxes of cigars, a table-cloth and napkins, and under the bed nine boxes of cigars—I took them to the prisoner—he said, "A friend gave them to me to-day, about two o'clock; he asked me to mind them; I did so?"—I found another centre-bit, which fits this brace.

Cross-examined. You told me that a friend of yours went up aud laid down on your bed, and had called on you several days before, not on the 12th.

HARRY COLEMAN . I am assistant to Mr. Attenborough, a pawnbroker, of 11 and 13, Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square—I produce seven boxes of cigars, pawned on February 11th—I cannot say whether I saw the prisoner—I recognise among these tickets those I gave.

HERBERT GORD . I am assistant to Mr. Aldous, a pawnbroker, of Berwick Street, Oxford Street—I produce some spoons pledged on January 11th—these (produced) are tickets which I issued with them—I cannot recognise the prisoner.

WALTER PEPEE . I am assistant to Mr. Barnes, a pawnbroker, of 14, Cranbourne Street—I produce some forks pledged by the prisoner.

RICHARD CLOUD . I am assistant to Thomas Brooks, pawnbroker, of 79, Seymour Street—I produce some tablespoons and forks pledged by the prisoner on February 11th.

GEORGE STAINES . I am assistant to Mr. Billington, of 27 and 29, Wardour Street—I produce twenty-four plated forks pledged in January—this is the ticket, and the corresponding part.

ALFRED SCHOLES (Policeman). I searched the prisoner, and found five of these tickets on his person; the others were found at his lodging.

GOLDEN BARRETT . On January 11th I visited the prosecutors house, and examined the marks on the door; I took with me a jemmy, found at

the prisoner's lodging, which exaeily corresponded-two holes of the circumference of this bit, were drilled in the door—I told the prisoner the charge—he said, "Not me"—I searched him, and found £1 10s. in gold, 18s. in silver, and some bronze.

Prisoner's Defence: I met a friend, who said that his landlady had sent him away because he could not pay his rent. He gave me some articles in a parcel, and asked me to take care of them said, "Yes. When I got home I broke the string, and found a table-cloth and some cigars I was looking for him all Tuesday but could not find him. When I got I said, "It is mine; it belongs to a friend of mine; I will take it away," and then I ran out.

GUILTY Fifteen Months' Hard Labour.

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