24th July 1899
Reference Numbert18990724-528
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown
SentencesImprisonment > penal servitude; Imprisonment > hard labour

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528. JOHN BULLER (21) , Stealing 7 pairs of curtains, and other property of Joseph Baxendale, and others, his masters; and AARON CAVALHO (54) , Feloniously receiving the same.


MR. C. F. GILL, Q.C., and MR. BEARD Prosecuted, and MR. GEOGHEGAN

Defended Cavalho.

ARTHUR BOSWELL . I live at 47, Halliford Street, Hoxton—I am a van-boy employed by Pickford and Co.—on June 5th I became van-boy to Buller—our van left the City Basin loaded for outlying depots at Stoke Newington, Lee, and so on—we did not deliver at private houses—I re-member on a Saturday early in June having a load from the City Basin to the Brixton Depot—we went to the Whitechapel Road—we stopped at A public house, coming out of Whitechapel into Aldgate—Buller took a

big parcel to a turning at the corner of Middlesex Street—before that lie shifted his uniform cap with Pickford's initials on it, and his apron—he returned without the parcel—he was away about 10 minutes—when he returned he put on his uniform cap and apron, and we went to the Brixton Depot—a few days afterwards, on June 15th, I was going to leave—I saw Buller put six parcels and a bale in front of his van—after we left the City Basin another van-boy, Lock, got up in the van—Buller asked him—we stopped at a public-house towards Stratford way—Buller changed his uniform cap and apron, and went into a public-house—then he came out and backed the van to Tewkesbury Court—Buller told me to throw him out 3 parcels, and then he came back for 3 more—the other boy helped me out with a bale—both went down the court—the other boy then pulled the van outside Pickford's Depdt, which is near there—Buller was absent 5 or 10 minutes—Buller came back, and put on his uniform cap and apron—we turned the van and went towards Lee, in an opposite direction—we stopped at a coffee-stall—Buller gave me 3s., and said, "Do not tell anybody"—I had noticed boots sticking out of one parcel.

Cross-examined. I have been at Pickford's three years and ahalf, attached to the City Basin—policemen are on duty at the gates—the carman loads his own van—the parcels are checked at the bank—we called our checker "Jack"—there are 14 or 15 checkers—we get a docket, showing the number of parcels—the van is booked out at the office—Lock had been out of Pickford's service about 6 months—it took us about 20 minutes to reach Tewkesbury Court—I saw Lock standing outside the yard at the City Basin—Buller said, "Will you come and have a ride, Jack?"—the time was 10.30 p.m.—I was on the tailboard of the van, with a single horse; Buller was on the box; Lock rode in front, inside—I only knew Buller was not doing right the last time, when he said something about a "crook," and gave me 3s.—I thought he meant a thief—Wennley and Gill came to the City Bisin, and took my statement on June 16th—they told me they were policemen—that was two weeks afterwards, before. I gave my evidence—I saw the boys Lock and Lambert at the solicitor's, with two constables—Lock made a statement—the statements were read out—I am still van-boy at Pickford's—we have a lot of changes—I have been with about a dozen carmen—I knew the first time, on June 10th, Buller had no right to deliver parcels in Whitechapel—I first heard Cavalho's name at the Police-station.

Re-examined. I am 16 years old—we went to this court about five times—on June 15th I saw a young woman standing at the top of a court—she motioned with her hand to Buller.

JOHN LOCK . I was a van-boy for Pickford's about Christmas last for a short time—I was tho first time discharged because my character was not good enough, and the second time because I had been employed there before—I went with Buller and the van to Tewkesbury Court on June 15th or 25th, about a month after I left—I got on the van near Pickford's premises in the City Road, because Buller asked me to come for a ride, and I said, "Yes; where are you going to?"—he said, "Lee"—it was about 10 p m—we went towards Great Eastern Street, and then to High Street, Whitechapel—you can go that way over the Tower Bridge—we stopped

outside Tewkesbury Court, near a public-house—a policeman was standing at the court; when he went away Buller changed his hat and apron—then he backed the van to the court—I saw Cavalho looking out of a window over a boot-shop and over the court—I was looking out of the public-house—when I came out I saw Buller go up the court with thiee parcels—he turned in the first door on the left—I had seen him go there once before—when he came back he said, "Let us have the others out sharp, Jack," meaning a bale and a parcel—I helped Boswell get the bale out, and Bos well helped with the parcel—I followed behind Buller to the landing—Cavalho was in the room, and said, "Be careful, my boy, be careful"—Buller put the parcel down, and Cavalho gave him some silver—I came down, jumped in the van, and drove to Pickford's Yard at Whitechapel—I pulled up outside—when we got to a coffee-stall in Bermondsey Buller gave me half a crown—it was getting towards midnight—we went on to Lee—I saw Cavalho in the room through the old lace curtain inside the door—there is a light outside and a reflection.

Cross-examined. The court is about five minutes from the City Basin—I was 17 years old in October—I am out of employment—I live with my parents in St. Luke's—I was employed about eight months at Pickford's altogether—one time I was there a week—four or five months the first time, in 1895—they gave me a character—I was 13 when I left school—I left one place because the work was too hard—I asked Pickford's why I was discharged—Mr. Dobie, who pays, said, "There is your character, if you want to see it"—I then went to Mr. Nolan's—I left him eight months ago, because there were too many hours—I got the half a crown for a "whack"—I suppose it was "swag"—Buller told me to go downstairs, but I stopped—since I left Pickford's I have sold lettuces and cabbages—the police took me to Leman Street, where I made a statement—Gill asked me if I knew the old Jew—I said, "No"—he said, "Not that old Jew in the High Street, a fair old "crook"—I said, "No"—he said he was a "fence"—I was kept at Leman Street about 12 hours—I was not charged—Gill said, "Do you know that 'bloke' who buys all that stuff?"—I said, "What stuff?"—he said, "That stuff that you took there that night"—I was three hours being questioned.

Re-examined. I did not know Cavalho's name till he was charged—I used the sack (produced) as an apron when I was with Turner, a carman—I left it in front of the van—Buller took Turner's team—Buller took something in the sack into Tewkesbury Court—he returned without the sack.

WILLIAM BAILEY . I live at 30, Crescent Place, Warner Street, Kings-land Road—prior to June 7th I was van-boy in Pickford's service—I have seen Buller and Cavalho together in June at Tewkesbury Buildings when I went with Buller with a load.

Cross-examined. I have seen Lock in the York Road, where Buller invited me to go to Cavalho's house in his van—he said, "Get down and pick these things up"—I took a parcel up, and Buller a bale, and a young lady said, "Up through the first door on the left"—I made a statement at the Police-station—I have not been at Pickford's for two years—the police gave me 1s. a day—before that I sat behind brakes, cleaned horses, and was stable-boy—I was not in regular employment—Buller gave me

3s. at the coffee-stall in Jamaica Road—Boswell was there—Boiler told me not to tell anybody.

ARTHUR JOHN LAMBERT . I am employed by Pickford'aas a van-boy—I have been in High Street, Whitechapel, with Boiler—I saw Cavalho with Buller in Tewkesbury Court.

JAMES SAMUEL WICKHAM . I am foreman at the loading bank at Pickford's City Basin Depot, where goods are sent to the suburban depots—the carmen load their own vans if with one horse, but not pair-hone vans—the driver's duty is to drive to the depot, and not to distribute the goods—these two sacks (produced) are Pickford's—the name and address are upon both.

Cross-examined. We do not send these coalsacks out—goods are counted on to the van by the loader of a pair-horse vaa—there is a checker in nearly every case—the carman has a waybill for the depot—that is made out by the loader—another person checks the goods by the waybill at the depdt.

DAVID FRANKS . I am employed by John Roffey, Culcroas Street, boot factors—on June 15th 1 sent 2 parcels of boots to Mr. Benn, of Fulham, and Mr. Fenner, of Woolwich, value £3 19s. 4d. and £3 18s. 5d.

JOHN SHEPCOTT . I am a checker for Pickford and Co.—I took the two parcels of goods into the City Basin Depot from Roffey and Co. on June 15th, referred to in this waybill.

CHARLES PAYNE . 1 am a boot seller at Fulham—I have not received the goods I ordered from Roffey and Co. on June 15th—I gave notice to that effect.

JOHN WRIGHT . I am employed by Mr. John Fenner—I have not received the parcel of boots, value £3 19s. 4d., which I should have received from Roffey and Co.—I gave information of it.

EDWIN JARRODD . I am employed at Besley's, Wilson Street, Finsbory, makers of uppers—on June 15th I sent a parcel of boots to Mr. Cook, of Croydon, by Pickford's.

STEPHEN DEBENHAH . I am a checker at the City Road Depot, at Pickford's—I checked the goods sent by Besley.

WILLIAM COOK . I am a bootmaker, of Croydon—the parcel I expected from Besley'a on June 15th never reached me.

EDWARD DAVIDS . I am employed by Soper Brothers, wholesale clothiers, of Houndsditch—on June 15th I sent a bale of goods, value £9 9s. 2d., to Mr. Waring, of Tooting.

STEPHEN DEBENHAM (Re-examined). I checked these goods on June 15th at the City Basin.

HENRY THOMAS BUSHELL . I am employed by Chaplin and Co., Gresham Street—I sent a consignment of muslin and lace curtains, value £1 7s. 7d., to the Cooperative Stores at Charlton.

JAMES SKELTON . I am a checker at Pickford's City Basin Depdt—I checked the parcel fro in Chaplin and Co.

JOHN GILL (Detective Sergeant, H). On June 21st, about 7.30 p.m., I arrested Buller at Pickford's Depot in the City Road—I was with Wensley—I was present at the arrest of Cavalho about 10 o'clock the same evening, in the secondfloor front room over 100, High Street, Whitechapel—it is Tewkesbury Court, Tewkesbury Buildings—his premises are first

to the left in the court, upstairs on the first floor—it has no connection with the shop on the ground floor—on the door is a muslin curtain—Wensley arrested him for receiving parcels from Pick ford's on May 19th and June 15th, knowing them to be stolen—he said, "I did not know it was stolen"—Wensley searched the place, and I took charge of the property, including these three Pickford's sacks (produced), and this postcard—the next day, Tuesday, his daughter came to the Court—she said, "You will be all right, father," as the cab was waiting to enter the yard—he replied, "Your father is done, my girl; look, here is the carman who brought the things to me," pointing to the carman who was sitting in the cab in custody, and could not be seen by his daughter when the remark was made.

Cross-examined. I was with Scott, another officer—Lock and Bailey were taken to the station—they were not charged—I told Lock he would be charged with a guilty knowledge before he got to the station—I told him I was going to take him to the station on suspicion of being concerned with Buller in stealing articles—I had seen Boswell and Lambert—we kept the lads at the station several hours—I think they went away about dinner time the next day—perhaps Lock was kept 10 hours—Pickford's refused to charge—we got a verbal statement from Lock; he volunteered it—perhaps it took three hours—we reduced the statements to writing—it took about five pages of foolscap—"the old Jew of High Street, Whitechapel," was not mentioned in my hearing—in his statement Lock called Cavalho the "crook"—I did not call Cavalho a "fence"—Scott is not here to speak to the conversation between Cavalho and his daughter.

Re-examined. Cavalho was represented at the Police-court when I gave evidence of that conversation—no question was asked me in cross-examination.

FREDERICK WENSLBY (Detective Sergeant, H). I was with Gill at Cavalho's arrest—when charged he said, "I did not know it was stolen"—on searching the premises I found amongst other things these 2 sacks and another sack cut up as an apron—they were identified as Pickford's—I also found this postcard and a large variety of goods.

Cross-examined. Cavalho was first charged with unlawful possession—I assisted to take him to the station on both occasions—he was afterwards arrested on the charge of receiving—his son did not come to speak to him on the way to the station—he was not roughly handled—Cavalho was not placed to be identified by Lock—Lock mentioned Cavalho in his statement—I am not positive that he used his name—I did not use the word "fence"—I may have used the word "crook" afterwards—I did not bay, "Do you know the old Jew who lives in High Street, Whitechapel?"—Lock and Bailey were detained to enable me to communicate with the solicitor.

LEWIS VAN PRAAGH . I produce a correct translation of a postcard from the Dutch, dated March 31st, 1891, addressed from Amsterdam to Cavalho, and signed "L. Wynman." (Thiscommenced, "My dear cousin," and referred to goods received and sold for Cavalho.)

Aaron Cavalho, in his defence, stated that he had been in business in one place as a dealer for 42 years, selling what he purchased by attending sales and privately, but that he did not know these goods were stolen; and that the

sacks were given him to use or his kitchen floor; and that he thought Butler was a little dealer.

Be received a good character.

GUILTY .— Four Years' Penal Servitude. BULLER— Nine Months' Hard Labour.

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