Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 October 2021), February 1893, trial of WILLIAM BAILEY (50) (t18930206-244).

WILLIAM BAILEY, Theft > receiving, 6th February 1893.

244. WILLIAM BAILEY (50) , Feloniously receiving a barrow, two crates, and 692 caps, of Abraham Isaacs, and a coat of Albert James Baldwin.

MR. ABINGER Prosecuted, and MR. HUTTON Defended. ALBERT JAMES BALDWIN, I am a porter in the employ of Abraham Isaacs, of 4, Gravel Lane, Houndsditch—on 6th January, about four p. m., I took two crates of boys, caps and a coat in a barrow—I left my barrow outside while I went into the Don in Cheapside for about two minutes when I came out the barrow was gone.

ABRAHAM ISAACS , I am a hat and cap manufacturer, of 4, Gravel Lane—on 6th January I sent Baldwin out with a parcel of caps, value about £40—these produced are a portion of them; these are all I have recovered.

Cross-examined. There were about sixty dozen in the two crates, all new—these would be Bold at about fifteen pence each retail—I am not a retail dealer.

ROBERT SCOTT , I am a shell-fish dealer—I keep a stall in Gordon Place, Haggerston—I have known the prisoner as a shell-fish dealer all my life—on 7th January I saw him at the back of my stall—he said, "Bob, have you any half pence about you?"—I said, "All I have is ninepence"—he said, "Give me that ninepence, and I will give you three caps"—I gave him ninepence for them—he said they were worth a shilling and a halfpenny a piece in the shop—he had not got the caps with him—he sent his lad for them; I had them, and sold them to people in the neighbourhood at sixpence a piece—I afterwards went act to the prisoner and had six more—he sent his lad for them—I took them to Mr. Wood's shop in Hoxton Street, and in consequence of what he said I took them to the station—I did not ask the prisoner how he came by them.

Cross-examined. I have always known the prisoner as a straightforward man—I have known such caps sold by Jews at threepence a-piece—I heard the prisoner say at the station that he bought the caps of a Jew in the Borough.

WILLIAM SAUNDERS (City, Detective). On Saturday, 7th January, about twenty minutes to eleven at night, I saw the prisoner standing by his stall in Hoxton Street—I told him I was a police officer from the City; there was a man at Kingsland Road Police-station who had some caps which had been stolen from the City, and I wanted to know how he came possessed of them; he states that he bought them from you—he replied, "Yes"—I said, "How did you come possessed of them?"—he said, "I bought them from a Jew-looking bloke"—I said, "How many did you buy?"—he replied, "Six"—I said, "How much did you give for them?"—he said, "Fourpence each"—I said, "Did you have any receipt?"—he said, "No"—I then took him to the Kingsland Road Police-station—I asked him if he would know the man again he bought them from—he said, "No"—I saw the witness Scott at the station, and I said to him in the prisoner's presence, "Is this

the man you bought them from?"—he said, "Yes"—and he said to the prisoner, "You have done a good thing for me; they have kept me here three hours"—I said, "Have you any more?"—he said, "Yes; I have three more at my house"—I then conveyed him to Cloak Lane Station, where he was charged with stealing and receiving—he said, "I can prove I never stole them, for I was at my stall all day Friday, so I could not have stole them"—on the Sunday he was at the station, and his son came to see him, and the prisoner said to him, "You show this gentleman the house you got the caps from; I don't want to be made a mug of for them; I want to get out of this"—I went with the son to 19, Huntingdon Street, and they denied all knowledge of the boy, and nothing was found there—subsequently Sergeant Willis handed me three caps—I showed those to the prisoner, and said, "Are these the three caps you said you had at your house?"—he said, "Yes. "

PHILIP WILLIS (Detective Sergeant G). In consequence of instructions on 7th January I went to 26, Essex Street, Kingsland Road, to the first floor front room, occupied by the prisoner—I there found these three velvet caps on the bed.

Cross-examined. I made a thorough search; I found no other caps—I have known the prisoner about ten years, keeping a stall—from inquiries I have made he has been a respectable man.

A.J. BALDWIN (Re-examined). The barrow was subsequently found in Maria Street, Kingsland Road—Essex Street is about five minutes' walk from Maria Street.

Witnesses for the Defence.

JAMES BAILEY , I live with my father (The prisoner), at 26, Essex Street, Hoxton—he keeps a fish stall—I was there when a man came up to father and said, "Would you mind buying some caps?"—he said, "I can do with three"—the man walks up and down Hoxton—he said, "If you want any more you can go to 19, Huntingdon Street"—I went there and got some caps for Scott; I saw a lady there, and she gave me the caps—I gave her 9d. for the first three I got—Scott went and sold them and came back and said, "I have 1s. 6d., go and get six more, and I will not forget you"—I went and got them—he took them to Wood, and as he would not take them they were taken to the station—afterwards, on the Saturday night, I went with the police to 19, Huntingdon Street, and saw the lady from whom I brought the caps, and she swore she never saw a boy like me in her life.

Cross-examined. The man told father if he wanted any more caps he was to go to 19, Huntingdon Street—I was not at the stall when the man came up to father—father gave me the first lot, and I threw them on the bed—I gave them to Bobby Scott—father did not have the money, I had the money, and I gave it to the lady—when I went back to the house with the constable I saw the lady who gave me the caps, and she said she did not know me—I said, "Yes you do"—she said, "You can go and search the house," and the policeman went up and searched and found nothing—I first said to the constable that it was the wrong house—the lady upstairs said, "You had better tell him it is the wrong house," but when I went and saw father he told me to tell the truth—the name of the lady who told me to say it was the wrong house was

Mrs. Clapham—she lives in the first floor, where I live with my father—Mrs. Clapham is outside the Court.

SUSANNA CLAPHAM , The prisoner and his son live in my house, 26, Essex Street—I knew that the prisoner was given into custody for having possession of these caps—I had nothing to say to the boy; I never told him to say it was the wrong house—when he came with the detective I was in bed, and knew nothing about it—I have lived in the house two years; the prisoner was there before me; he has always borne a good character.

WILLIAM SAUNDERS (Recalled). I went with the boy to the house, 19, Huntingdon Street, stated to be the house where the caps were got from—he said nothing to me about it being the wrong house until two ladies came into the passage, and then he said, "Oh, we have come to the wrong house"—I found nothing there—they said we could look over the house from top to bottom.

NOT GUILTY .