Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 18 May 2021), June 1889, trial of JAMES BROWN (20) HENRY CLEASBY (19) (t18890624-546).

JAMES BROWN, HENRY CLEASBY, Theft > burglary, 24th June 1889.

546. JAMES BROWN (20) and HENRY CLEASBY (19) , Burglary in the dwelling-house of Edgar Ashley, and stealing ten pairs of boots and other articles, and 14s.

MR. PURCELL Prosecuted.

EDGAR ASHLEY . I am manager for Wean Ashley, of the Lamb Hotel, in the Cattle Market; I sleep there—on Saturday night, 25th May, I locked up the house at 12 o'clock—the next morning I found the door open leading from the bar to the house, the till broken open, and the contents, 14s., missing, ten pairs of boots gone from the bar parlour, and six pieces of meat from the kitchen—the catch of the kitchen window had been turned back, and the window opened—I secured that window on the Saturday night—in consequence of information I went to the police station, and charged the two prisoners, whom I found there on Monday

morning—I knew the prisoners before—neither of them had any business about the yard of the Lamb Hotel.

JOHN INGWERSON . I am a cattle salesman—I was sleeping at the Lamb Hotel at this time—on the Sunday morning, between two and half-past two, I heard a cracking and breaking, and some voices about ten minutes afterwards outside—I did not get up to see what was the matter.

FRANCIS BARNETT (Police Inspector Y). At a quarter to three on this Sunday morning I was passing the back yard of the Lamb Hotel, and saw the two prisoners there, standing in the gateway leading to the yard—I was in uniform—as I passed, Cleasby, who was looking furtively about, moved into the yard, which is used very largely as a cab yard—I thought they were men engaged with cabs—I have no doubt the men I saw were the prisoners; there was a lamp on the other side of the way, and I had full view of them—when I went on duty at ten that morning I heard of the house having been broken into, and I then went out with Murray, and made inquiries, and at four o'clock a. m., on 27th, I found Cleasby concealed in a corn-bin in a stable in the yard of the hotel—I said, "I shall charge you with being concerned with others in breaking and entering the Lamb, and stealing boots, meat, and 14s."—he said, "I did not do it; Smeggy, Sparkes, and Scotty know as much about it as I do"—I took him to the station, and he was detained—I knew Scotty was Brown's nickname—about nine o'clock the same morning I found Brown in the Cattle Market—I told him he would be charged with being concerned with others in breaking and entering the Lamb Hotel, and stealing boots, meat, and money—he said, "Has Cleasby rucked? If he has, I will b———y well kill him when I come out"—ruck means telling—he was taken to the station, and both prisoners were charged with breaking into the premises—neither of them said anything in answer to the charge—I examined the premises, and found the catch of the back kitchen window had been pushed back—there were marks on the window, showing it had been forcibly pushed back.

Cross-examined by Cleasby. You have never been employed in the yard.

STEPHEN MURRAY . (Policeman Y 431). I was with the inspector when he apprehended the prisoners—I heard what they said.

Cleasby in his defence said he was employed by the night watchman at the hotel, and that when he had nothing to do he slept in the corn-bin, and he denied all knowledge of the matter.


BROWN then PLEADED GUILTY† to a conviction of felony in March, 1889.— Fifteen Months' Hard Labour each.