Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 04 October 2022), February 1882, trial of HENRY BARNET (54) (t18820227-366).

HENRY BARNET, Theft > simple larceny, 27th February 1882.

366. HENRY BARNET (54) , Stealing a watch, the goods of Alfred Baker.

MR. WILMOT Prosecuted.

JEMIMA JANE BAKER . I am the wife of Alfred Baker, of 1, Walpole Road, Deptford—on 28th January the prisoner came to look at some apartments in my house, with a woman and child—he went into the front room, and I went to show the woman the back room, and while I was leaving the prisoner followed me—a watch was on the drawers, which he would have to pass—I objected to let him the apartments because he had three children—I gave information to a constable, and shortly afterwards identified the prisoner.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I did not tell the woman I would make it warm for you—I never saw her before—you did not owe me rent; you never lived in my house.

MARY ANN OSBORNE . I live at 8, Walpole Street, Deptford—on Saturday afternoon, 28th January, the prisoner came to look at some apartments, with a woman and child—I showed him the room over the back parlour—as he came upstairs I saw him take a watch like this (produced) out of his trousers pocket—about two minutes after seeing it, a policeman came, and inquired if any one had been to look at apartments—I said "Yes," and showed him the people—I was present afterwards when the policeman found the watch between the bed and the mattress in the room where the prisoner had been—only myself had occupied that room, and I had not been in it after the prisoner was taken till the constable came back.

JOHN BAKER . I received information, and went to 8, Walpole Street—1 left Mrs. Baker at the top of the street—I saw the prisoner looking out of one of the windows—I knocked at the door, and asked to see the prisoner—Mrs. Osborne showed me into the room where he was—I told him from the description I had had I should arrest him for stealing a watch from Walpole Street—he said "I know nothing about it; it is got up for me, and I will make some one suffer for it"—I took him to the station, where he was charged—an hour afterwards I went back to the house where I had apprehended him—I searched the room, and found the watch concealed between the bed and the mattress.

GUILTY .

He also PLEADED GUILTY** to a conviction of a misdemeanour at this Court in April, 1877.— Five Years' Penal Servitude.