Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 12 December 2019), February 1901, trial of JOHN JONES (22) JOHN PHELPS (19) (t19010225-213).

JOHN JONES, JOHN PHELPS, Violent Theft > robbery, 25th February 1901.

213. JOHN JONES (22) and JOHN PHELPS (19) , Robbery with violence on Leoncie Blanc, and stealing from her person a purse and chain, and other articles, and 2s. 6 1/2d., her money. JONES PLEADED GUILTY .

MR. JOHNSTON Prosecuted.

LEONCIE BLANC (Interpreted.) I live at 31, Alfred Place, Tottenham Court Road—on the evening of February 15th I was going home, and about 6.30 I was attacked by Phelps in Tottenham Court Road—I did not see him before he attacked me—he jumped on me from behind, caught at my throat, and tried to throttle me—he seized a long chain, with a purse attached to it, and some charms, which fell, and a lady picked them up—I shouted, "Thief!" went after him, and saw him arrested—I never lost sight of him—I did lose sight of Jones.

SARAH SCHERZEN . I live at 52, Camden Street, Camden Town—on the evening of February 15th I was going to meet my husband—about 6.30, just against the Beoford Hotel, Bailey Street, Tottenham Court Road, I saw two men rush at the prosecutrix, and catch hold of her throat—they struggled, and she ran and called out something in her own language, and the two men ran away—I left the crowd, and went across to meet my husband, and as I was crossing the road I saw these trinkets lying in the gutter, near to where the struggle took place—I picked them up and took them to the Police-station—I cannot identify the men.

ALFRED SCHOLES (Police Sergeant, D.) About 6 30 p.m. on February 15th I was in Tottenham Court Road, near the Oxford Street end, and saw the prisoners—I noticed Jones's movements, as being rather suspicious, and I watched them to the corner of Bailey Street, and saw them hustle the prosecutrix—I could not cross the road owing to the traffic being so thick—I heard the prosecutrix shout—both prisoners went down Bailey Street—I recognised Jones as a person I had seen before, and I gave chase after Phelps, whom I did not know—he ran north, along Tottenham Court Road, down Windmill Street, into Whitfield Street—I had blown my whistle and shouted, "Stop thief!" and a police officer, who was crossing Whitfield Street, stopped Phelps just as I was going to get hold of him—I had not lost sight of him—I told him that he would be charged with robbery probably—he said, "I never pulled it; it was the other man; I never touched the lady"—the witness Scherzen came to the station, and handed me the charms.

Phelps's statement before the Magistrate; "I was about 15 yards away, standing against a cab, when this was done; I turned, and saw the other prisoner running away, and I ran with him, thinking that if I was seen with him I should be taken also. I did not go near the lady, and I saw no signs of violence."

GUILTY .—Five previous convictions were proved against Jones, and one against Phelps. JONES— Five years' penal servitude; PHELPS— Eighteen months' hard labour.