1908, JULY. Vol. CXLIX.] Part 886. CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
Sessions Paper. BELL, MAYOR. TENTH SESSION, HELD JULY 21ST, 1908, AND FOLLOWING DAYS. MINUTES OF EVIDENCE, TAKEN IN SHORTHAND BY
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THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS On the King's Commissions of OYER AND TERMINER AND GAOL DELIVERY FOR The City of London, AND GAOL DELIVERY FOR THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, AND THE PARTS OF THE COUNTIES OF ESSEX, KENT, AND SURREY WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT,
Held on Tuesday, July 21st, 1908, and following days.
Before the Right Hon. Sir JOHN CHARLES BELL , Knight, Alderman, LORD MAYOR of the City of London; the Rt. Hon. Lord ALVERSTONE , G.C.M.G. (Lord Chief Justice of England), and the Hon. Sir HENRY SUTTON , Justice of His Majesty's High Court; Sir J. WHITTAKER ELLIS , Bart.; Sir WALTER H. WILKIN , K.C.M.G.; Sir MARCUS SAMUEL , Bart.; Sir GEO. WYATT TRUSCOTT; Sir H. G. SMALLMAN; Lieut.-Col. F.S. HANSON , Aldermen of the said City; and His Honour Judge RENTOUL , K.C., His Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery holden for the said City, and Judges of the Central Criminal Court.
Sir DAVID BURNETT , Alderman CHARLES CHEERS WAKEFIELD , Esq.
Sheriffs. CLAUDIUS GEORGE ALGAR , Esq. JOSEPH DAVID LANGTON , Esq.
1908. CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT Old Bailey Proceedings, 21st July 1908.
BELL, MAYOR. TENTH SESSION. LONDON AND MIDDLESEX CASES. BEFORE THE RECORDER. (Tuesday, July 21.)
Reference Number: t19080721-25
WILLIAMS, George (55, coachman); MACKRILL, Alfred (27, labourer); SMITH, William (26, labourer); BROOKS, Charles (22, labourer); Smith and Brooks being found by night having in their possession, without lawful excuse, certain implements of house-breaking; Smith and Williams burglary in the dwelling-house of John Compston and stealing therein two overcoats and other articles, the property of the said John Compston; Mackrill feloniously receiving one of the said overcoats well knowing it to have been stolen. Smith pleaded guilty of the burglary; Brooks of being in possession of housebreaking implements.
Mr. H. F. Cornes prosecuted.
LILY PRATT , parlourmaid to Mr. Compston, 59, Christchurch Road, Streatham, said that on the night of June 23 she locked up, and next morning found the morning room had been broken into through the window and two overcoats stolen (produced). A ladder was left out-side the window. Some silver articles were also taken, value £17 10s.
FRANK BUTLER , assistant to Matthews and Jenkin, pawnbrokers, said that one of the overcoats in Court was pawned with him on June 25 for 10s. He did not recognise the man. After giving evidence at the police-court he heard Williams say he had pawned it.
Detective-sergeant JOHN BEARD , L Division. On June 25 at 10 a.m. I was in St. George's Road, Lambeth, when I saw Mackrill and Williams in the "George" with two other men. Williams had this cost (produced) on his arm, and was showing it to Mackrill. They then all came out into the road. Mackrill stood examining the coat. Then the other two men went away. I then told Williams I was a police officer, and asked him where he got the coat. Mackrill said, "I have only been with him five minutes; ask him about it; I don't know where he got it from. Williams offered it to one of the other men, but he would not take it, and said, 'You keep it for the present." Williams said, "Now you've got it, find out where it come from." I took him to the station and another officer took Mackrill. On the way I asked Williams for an explanation. He said, "I don't know where it come from; find out." Mackrill said, "I have told you the truth." I then found in the jacket pocket of the coat a pocket-book, in which were two pawn-tickets, one relating to the other overcoat.
Police-constable JOHN COURSE . I helped to take prisoners in charge. In the charge-room Williams said, "You have got this up for me; you have been watching me about a long time."
Detective-sergeant CHARLES HAWKINS , L Division. When told the charge Mackrill said, "I was never there." Williams said, "I plead guilty to pawning the coat, and the other coat I had given to me." When the charge was read over, no reply.
Before the magistrate Williams said, "About 1.30 on June 25 I met prisoner Smith. He asked me to pawn a coat. I consented. I pawned it. He said I might have the ticket, and gave me the coat." Mackrill said, "I am innocent."
The Recorder said there was no case against Mackrill, and directed a verdict of Not guilty.
GEORGE WILLIAMS (prisoner, not on oath) addressed the jury in his defence.
Verdict, Not guilty.
Against both Brooks and Smith previous convictions were proved, the former having had 3 1/2 years' penal servitude for burglary. Smith had had many convictions. It was stated that in the district of Streatham there had been a number of burglaries, and that people had been practically in terror of these men. Since their arrest the complaints had ceased.
Sentences, each Seven years' penal servitude.