Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 October 2020), September 1848, trial of EDWARD SHANOX (t18480918-2200).

EDWARD SHANOX, Violent Theft > robbery, 18th September 1848.

2200. EDWARD SHANOX , for a robbery, with violence, on John Roots and stealing 1 sovereign, 1 crown, 1 half-crown, 2 shillings, and 1 sixpence: his moneys.

MR. CAARTEEN conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN ROOTS . I am a labourer, and live four miles from Rochester. I came up to town for the purpose of going into Guy's Hospital, where I am now of inmate—I arrived in London, where I am a stranger, on the afternoon 22nd Aug.—I had a sovereign and 29s. when I left home—between five and six o'clock in the afternoon, I went to a puhlic-hoose in High-site. Borough, where I had something to drink, and remained till the house clock—they could not let me have a bed there, and I left—I then felt my money safe—I had spent about 15s.—I went down the street as far as the bridge, see if I could get a lodging—I could not find one, and went and sat on the step of a door for about half an hour—while sitting there the prisoner and two others came up—he said, "What are you doing here? let us see what you have got about you"—I told him to go on, and let me alone—he took me by the collar, and struck me a very violent blow in the mouth, which made it bleed—he put his hand into my waistcoat and trowsers-pockets—my money was in my trowsers-pocket—I called out, "Police!"—the police-sergeant came up, I told him what had happened—the prisoner had then let go of me, and stood about two yards from me—he must have heard what I said to policeman—I told the policeman to take him in charge, he had struck me—i; immediately ran away—my money was goue.

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. You had never seen the prisoner before? A. No—I was quite sober—I was sensible—I had not been drinking all day—I had had a pint or two of beer—I had been two days spending the 15s.—it was not because I was so drunk that they would not let me stop at the house; they had not room—I have not said I was not certain that this was the man—I never expressed a doubt as to his identity—I am certain he is the person—I had not lost the money when I sat down—I was dozing.

MR. CAARTEEN. Q. Were you in company with any one after you left the public-house until the prisoner came up? A. No—I am certain be is the man that struck me.

JOHN MENHINICK (police-sergeant, M 20). I was on duty, heard a cry of "Police!" and saw Roots standing at a door-way near the White Hartine, and the prisoner about two yards from him—Roots pointed to the prison, and said he had struck him violently, and had had his hand in his pocket and he gave him into custody—the prisoner ran away as fast as he could about 300 yards—I ran after him—I never lost sight of him till 1 took him—I brought him back to the prosecutor, who identified him—I searched him but found nothing on him.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you see some other persons near Roots when first went up? A. No—I did not see two other men run away—the prisoner said he knew nothing about it—Roots was quite sensible—he gave the same evidence that night that he gave the next day—he was not drunk.

NOT GUILTY .

Before Mr. Justice Williams.