Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 January 2022), February 1845, trial of EDMOND HAMER (t18450203-446).

EDMOND HAMER, Theft > theft from a specified place, 3rd February 1845.

446. EDMOND HAMER was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the shop of George Wood and another, on the 30th of Oct., at St. Giles-in-the-fields, and stealing therein 2 flageolets, value 8l.; 3 clarionets, 6l.; and 24 flutes, 2l. 8s.; their property.

MR. CROUGH conducted the Prosecution.

GEORGE WOOD . I am in partnership with Mr. Ivy; our workshop is in St. Giles's churchyard; the house and front of the shop is in Compton-street, Soho; there is a yard leading to the back premises; there is do other communication to the workshops, except through the yard; St. Giles's churchyard is surrounded by a railing. On the morning of the 31st of Oct., my attention was called to the state of the premises, by a person named Liddle—I went to the workshops—there is a window looking into the churchyard, with iron bars to it—I found one bar wrenched off, and the sash had been opened—it is a sliding window—I looked at the fastenings myself the evening before—they are always kept fastened—that window is about the height of a man from the ground—there was no other part of the premises broken that night—I missed a flageolet and other instruments—the prisoner had been apprenticed to me, and had quitted my service about three years since—this flageolet produced was sent to me from Rye, in Kent, to repair—I gave it to Liddle to repairowing to some communication I had with a person named Thorn I purchased a clarionet from him for 2l. 1s.—it was one that I had lost on the morning of the 31st—I bought it to enable me to produce it, and likewise to return it to the party I had it from—it is worth six guineas—this produced is it, and this is the flageolet I gave to Liddle the night previous—I am quite sure of it.

ALEXANDER LIDDLE . I am journeyman to Mr. Wood—when I came on the morning of the 31st of Oct., the first thing I missed was this flageolet, which I had placed in a drawer, the last thing over nigbt, beside a clarionet—I missed various flutes from my own board, and several flageolets from the other benches—there must have been twenty instruments missed, perhaps forty, clarionets, flageolets, and flutes—I am quite positive this is one that I missed that morning—it was one of my finishing originally, and I had to do a trifle to it—I saw the window bar had been wrenched off.

JAMES HENRY STEWART . I am a pawnbroker. On the 7th of Nov., 1844, the prisoner pawned this clarionet with me, in the name of John Lloyd.

Prisoner. I was not in London at the time.

ALEXANDER LIDDLE re-examined. I know this instrument, it stood on the floor behind the stool I sat on to work, and it was there at eight o'clock, on the night of the 30th of Oct., when I left—I am positive of it, because it was a repair—it has a new joint to it, and is marked on the top with the letters "P O H L," part of the gentleman's name, Pohlman—the value of it is 35s.—it had been originally made by us—the letters have been erased—you can see where they have been scratched out—there is no mark of mine on it, but I am positive of it, from the design.

HENRY WATSON . I am in the employ of Mr. Neat, a pawnbroker, in Duke-street, Manchester-square. On the 31st of Oct., this flageolet which I have produced was pawned at our shop by the prisoner, for 1l. 5s.—I am quite sure of his identity—his appearance is rather remarkable, and I speak with confidence—I should say it was between six and seven o'clock, about dusk.

Prisoner. I was at the witness's place, but there was a young man with me, named Scarlett, to whom the flageolet belonged; I deny all knowledge of taking it. Witness. There was no one in the shop but the prisoner—he gave the name of John Scarlett—he called on me again, to redeem it, in company with another person, and I then recognised him at the person.

Prisoner. I deny that; I did not redeem it; this witness did not give it to me when it was redeemed, it was an elderly man. Witness. I do not say that I delivered the property to him—he came with two musicians, to sell the duplicate of this flageolet, a few days after it was pledged—I am certain he is the man that pledged it, and that nobody else was there.

MR. WOOD re-examined. The value of this clarionet is about 1l. 18s., and this flageolet about six guineas—my whole loss amounts to between 20l. and 30l.

Prisoner's Defence. I deny the charge; I did not commit any felony; I have been in the habit of dealing in instruments, and pledging for a master of mine, constantly; I know nothing of the robbery; it is five years since I was in Mr. Wood's service; I am positive another party was with me when the flageolet was pledged, though I cannot produce him.

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Eighteen Months.—Two Weeks Solitary.