13th September 1898
Reference Numbert18980913-611
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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611. FREDERICK WILLIAM JOHNSTON (44) , Robbery with violence on Alfred Lindstram, and stealing a watch and chain, his property.

MR. DAVIS Prosecuted.

ALFRED LINDSTRAM . I am a sailor, of 156, West India Dock Road—on August 27th shortly after midnight I was in a street off Whitechapel Road, and went into the public-house with a friend and had a drink—the prisoner was there and two other men—he asked me for a drink, which I gave him—it was closing time—I had a bottle of whisky, and gave him a drink out of the bottle—I am a Finn—we had to go—he tried to get at my trousers pocket, and I think I felt him clutching at my watch and chain—I called my mate Taylor, who caught him.

JOHN TAYLOR . I am a seaman, of Leith—on August 22nd I was in Whitechapel with my shipmate—we went into a public-house, and the prisoner came up and spoke to him—he came up to us again in the street, and asked us for another drink, which we gave him—we were both sober—a woman came up and spoke to us, and led the way and shut the door—I ran outside, and he was lying down, and two men ran away—he said, "Stop him, he has got the watch"—the prisoner said, "No, it is the other man"—I did not lose sight of him from the time I saw him by the prosecutor on the ground, till I got hold of him.

ARTHUR EADE (313 H.) On August 22nd, about 12.30 a.m., I was on duty, and heard a police signal, and a shout of "Police!"—I got into Blaston Street, and saw the prisoner and Taylor struggling—the prosecutor I came up bleeding from just below his eye, and charged the prisoner with stealing his watch an I chain, and gave him into custody—he said, "I know nothing about it, I was passtrig at the time; he has made a mistake"—Taylor and the prisoner were sober.

The Prisonir's statement before the Magistrate. "I am a respectable man. I have worked at Crosby Square for thirteen years, I am perfectly ignorant of the charge."

Prisoner's defence.—I was returning home and heard someone shout "Stop thief," and this man came running up. A man ran by me and Taylor knocked him down. The policeman who took me to the station had to say to the prosecutor "If you don't keep qaiefe I shall have to put

you inside." As to having a drink with him I was not within half-a-mile. At the station he charged me with being concerned with other people in stealing his watch, but while the charge was being taken, he said "Oh, I have not lost my watch; it is in my pocket." I was manager for three years at Manchester and have since been working at Crosby Square. When I got into the prison I was in the hospital with two black eyes and a kick on my knee. I was black and blue. He kicked me as if he was mad; so I asked the policeman to lock me up and was only too glad to go to the station. I work at 5, Crosby Square.

ARTHUR EADE Re-examined. The prisoner said that he was working for Mr. Willis eight years—I enquired and found he was only there seven months and was discharged for falsifying the books—afterwards he was working for Mr. Cramp of Crosby Square for five months—I have not seen him here.


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