176 Dover Road
From the Folkestone Chronicle 15 February, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
CAUTION TO DRIVERS OF PUBLIC CARRIAGES
Friday February 14th:- Before Gilbert Kennicott and James Tolputt,
William Philpot, a licensed driver, No. 6, was summoned for a like
Ingram Swain P.C. deposed on Saturday evening last about 10 o'clock
he saw two carriages standing at the door of the "Swan Inn," Dover Road,
about 6 or 8 feet from the door; defendant, the driver of one of them
stood by the door; the other carriage was not attended by anyone. About
11 o'clock witness returned to the "Swan" and found that one of the
carriages were gone; defendant still stood at the door; the other was
inside the tap room. Witness asked defendant if that was his carriage
outside and he said yes. The place where the carriage stood was
alongside the high road.
Edmund Kingsford proved the defendant as a licensed driver, No. 6,
the licence having been granted on the 1st June, 1857.
Defendant in answer to the charge attempted to prove the plea where
his carriage stood was private property, and called the landlord of the
"Swan," Mr. Robinson, to corroborate him.
The magistrates however considered the case proved and fined
defendant 1s. and costs 11s. 6d. The fine and costs were paid at once.
Walter Woolgar, licensed fly driver No. 8, was summoned for a similar
offence, at the same time and place. It appeared he was the driver of
the other carriage, referred to in the previous case, belonging to Mr.
Police Constable Swain deposed the horse and carriage was seen going
down Mill Lane, without any driver with it. Swain proceeded to the
"Swan," and found defendant sitting in the tap room. He told him the fly
had gone away, when defendant said “Oh, I dare say the old mare has gone
home all right”; he didn't think she'd run away. (A laugh)
Mr. Kingsford proved the defendant was a licensed driver.
Defendant, who had pleaded not guilty, justified himself on the plea
that Mr. Laker had discharged him on a minute's notice, and was not
therefore the driver of the carriage.
The magistrates, however, considered it a bad case, and fined him 5s.
and 10s. costs, if brought up again the full penalty to be inflicted.
Defendant said he had neither money nor goods, so they must take his
From the Folkestone Chronicle 6 September, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
BREAKING AND ENTERING
Wednesday September 3rd:- Before Captain Gilbert Kennicott R.N., W.F.
Browell, James Tolputt, A.M. Leith and W. Wightwick, Esqs.
Thomas Joy, 28, described as a baker, James Burns, 25, engine driver,
Sarah Walker, 23, and Jane Jemima Castle, 20, were placed at the bar,
charged with feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of
William Hall Robinson, and stealing £3 0s 6d in gold and silver, 7s or
8s in coppers, two boxes of cigars, 1 silk handkerchief, 1 concertina, 2
coats, 1 monkey jacket, 4 clocks, 1 letter, 1 public house licence, pair
sugar tongs, 1 gold pin, 1 frock, 1 child's coat.
William Hall Robinson, sworn, deposed he was landlord of the "Swan
Inn," Dover Road. On Tuesday morning last, witness was awoke by his
servant, about 20 minutes to 7, who told him the house had been broken
into. On going downstairs, witness found that a pane of glass had been
removed in the back parlour, and the fastenings undone – the window was
a small distance open. Witness had fastened the window the last thing on
the previous night, and was the last person to go to bed; the things in
the parlour were all in a state of confusion. A writing desk had been
broken open, and a small gold pin abstracted from it; the cupboard had
been opened and the things in it turned topsy turvy. Witness missed the
clock from the top of the cupboard, the right hand one as the room was
entered. Witness then went to the bar, and found the bar window over the
counter had been forced open, and two boxes of cigars taken, £3 0s 6d in
gold and silver from the till, 7 or 8 shillings worth of coppers from
the same till, a pint of pale brandy, a letter directed to witness, and
the magistrates certificate of the licence, all from the same bar.
Witness then went to the police station and informed the police. Witness
had securely closed the bar window on the previous night by a flush bolt
on the inside; the £3 0s 6d was club money, which had been collected the
night before, and was in a large cup; saw the two male prisoners between
the hours of 9 and 11 o'clock at his house, on Monday night; they had
refreshments there; had not seen them before, nor the women prisoners at
all. The gold pin now produced by Police constable Smith, witness
identified; it had a red stone in it; witness also missed three coats,
now produced by Police constable Smith.
Mary Jane Stace, being sworn, deposed she was servant at the "Swan
Inn;" came downstairs on Tuesday morning about a quarter to 7, and saw
the door of the back parlour was open, also saw two empty cigar boxes
lying in the passage; also saw a pint pot half full of beer, and a glass
standing on the floor in the front parlour; in the back parlour witness
saw that five little clocks were gone from a sideboard in the room.
Witness went out of the back door, and found a ladder standing against
the gate, and that the window of the back parlour was opened a little
way. Witness then called her master. Previous to this witness found the
bar window was open, and also the till drawer. Witness was the first one
down in the house that morning.
William Taylor, being sworn, deposed he was landlord of the "General
Havelock" public house, at Canterbury. Between 1 and 2 yesterday
afternoon James Burns and Sarah Walker came into witness's house and
called for some refreshment. They had not been more than 10 minutes in
the house when the bundle now produced by Sergeant Newman was given into
witness's charge. The prisoners left the house, the male prisoner saying
“Take charge of this. I shall be back directly”. Witness had not seen
them until now. Witness did not examine the bundle. Inspector Dodd, of
the Canterbury police, came to witness's house about 4 minutes
afterwards with the witness Robinson, and witness gave the bundle to the
By the prisoner Sarah Walker:- You asked if you might have a bed, to
which I said yes.
Police sergeant Thomas Newman, sworn, deposed he was sergeant of
police. From information received, witness proceeded to Dover yesterday
morning in company with police constable Smith and Mr. Robinson. They
traced the prisoners from Dover to Canterbury by the London and Chatham
Railway. Witness followed, went into the "Wellington" public house,
Broad Street, Canterbury, and found the prisoner Thomas Joy and the
female prisoner Jane Jemima Castle. Police constable Smith took Joy, and
witness assisted him in securing Joy, as he was rather violent; prisoner
was taken to the Canterbury police station and witness told the prisoner
he should search him. The prisoner pulled from his coat pocket 53
cigars, and 2 knives, one in a case, the other clasp, two boxes of
matches, a letter addressed to Mr. W Robinson, The "Swan Inn,"
Folkestone, a magistrates certificate of licence to W. Robinson, dated
22nd August, 1862. When the prisoner took out the paper he said “Those
are not my property”; also 4s 11 1/2d – 3s 6d in silver, and the rest in
coppers; prisoner gave his name as John Asson. The other prisoners Burns
and Walker were then brought in, and also Castle, and they were all
brought to Folkestone. Witness received the bundle produced, identified
by Taylor, from Inspector Dodd, in the presence of the witness Robinson,
which contained a quantity of wearing apparel, not identified, four
clocks, and a pair of scissors; the second bundle now produced, witness
obtained from Inspector Dodd, in the presence of witness Robinson, and
contained a quantity of children's wearing apparel and a quantity of
baby linen, A good deal of amusement was caused by the Clerk asking the
witness if he could describe the baby linen, in which the prisoners
Questioned by James Burns – Did not see you come into the police
station at Canterbury.
Police constable Edwin Smith, sworn, deposed that on Tuesday morning,
in company with police sergeant Newman and the prosecutor, Robinson, he
went to Dover and from thence to Canterbury; Robinson went with witness
to the "Wellington Inn," at Canterbury, and there saw the prisoner Joy
and Castle; the prisoner Joy had a concertina, tied up in a silk
handkerchief; witness enquired where he got it from, and he answered it
was his own property; the witness Robinson immediately identified the
concertina and handkerchief as his property; Joy said nothing. The three
coats now produced were lying on a table, which Robinson also
identified; previously witness asked prisoner where he got them from,
and he said they were his property, he had bought them. Witness, who was
in plain clothes, told him he was a police constable, and he should
apprehend him on a charge of burglary at Folkestone. Prisoner said “You
-----, you take me”, and put himself in a fighting attitude; with
assistance the prisoner was secured and taken to the Canterbury police
station, and also the prisoner Castle, who was also taken to the
station. The prisoners Castle and Joy were sitting close together; she
was the worse for liquor, and had a bundle of clothes with her, which
she claimed as her property. Whilst in the station at Canterbury,
witness saw the prisoners Burns and Walker brought into the station by
superintendent Davis, of the Canterbury police; as soon as the prisoners
were brought in, Robinson identified the prisoner Burns as the one who
was in company with at his house the night previous. Witness commenced
to search the prisoner Burns, who put his hand in his pocket and pulled
out two pence. Witness then found in Burns' left hand pocket of his coat
4 clock weights and an alarm weight, in his waistcoat pocket two ear
drops and a small gold earring, a gold pin with part of a red stone in
it, and five cigars. All these articles witness produced. Witness then
assisted in bringing the prisoners to Folkestone.
Examined and questioned by James Burns – You did not come into police
station voluntarily, you were brought in by the collar by Davies. You
did not say to me “The man who stole the weights is on the way”.
Mr. Robinson re-called – Identify the gold pin, the 4 clocks, 1
child's frock, a child's jacket, a letter, a magistrate's certificate,
three coats, a silk handkerchief, sugar tongs, pair of scissors, 5
pieces of baby linen, clock weights and an alarm, and concertina as
being his property, produced by police sergeant Newman and police
constable Smith. The property taken exceeds £5 in value. Witness also
identified the bundles produced as those which he saw delivered to the
police at Canterbury, and saw them hand the bundles to police sergeant
Capt. Kennicott said the magistrates had decided on discharging the
female prisoners, as they had not found any of the property on them, but
cautioned them as to their future conduct; they having had a very narrow
Both the male prisoners, having been cautioned made long, rambling
statements in defence.
The depositions were then formally completed, and the prisoners were
committed to take their trials at the next Quarter Sessions for the
borough, the witnesses being bound over to appear and give evidence at
From the Folkestone Observer 6 September, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday September 3rd:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N., James
Tolputt, A.M. Leith and W.F. Browell, Esqs.
Thomas Joy, 28, baker, James Burns, 25, engine driver, Sarah Walker,
23, prostitute, and Jane Jemima Castle, prostitute, were charged with
burglariously entering the "Swan Inn," Dover Road, and stealing various
William Paul Robinson, landlord of the "Swan Inn," Dover Road, said
that his servant came to him about 20 minutes to 7 on Tuesday morning
and told him that the house had been robbed. He got up and went
downstairs, when he found that a pane of glass in the back parlour had
been broken, and the window itself was raised about 2 inches. He had
himself fastened the window last thing on Monday night. All the things
in the parlour were in confusion. A writing desk had been forced open,
and a small gold pin with a real stone was abstracted from it. The
cupboards had also been opened, and things turned out. A clock had stood
on the cupboard, which he missed. At the time he did not notice the
absence of anything else, but afterwards he missed a child's frock coat,
and some babies' clothing. Going into the parlour, he missed two boxes
of cigars, £3 0s 6d in gold and silver money from the till, 7s or 8s in
copper money, a bottle of pale brandy (a pint), a letter, a magistrates'
certificate of licence, and 3 coats. Witness then came to the police
station to give evidence. The bar window, which was fastened by a small
inside bolt the night before, had been forced open. There was no mark on
the window, or on the writing desk, to show how either of them was
forced open. The gold and silver was club money that he had incautiously
left in a large packet in the till the night before. The two male
prisoners came into his house between 9 and 10 on Monday evening, and
went away between 10 and 11. The men came in for refreshment. The women
were not with them. Witness then identified the gold pin (which P.C.
Smith produced) but the red stone was missing.
Mary Jane Stace, servant at the "Swan Inn," came downstairs on
Tuesday morning at a quarter to 7, and found the side door of the back
parlour open. An empty wine glass was on the floor on each side of the
passage; the cupboard doors were open. Five little clocks were gone from
a box that stood on the sideboard. Going to the back door, she saw a
ladder standing against the gate. The back parlour window was up a
little way, and the bar window and till drawer were open.
William Taylor, landlord of the "General Havelock," Canterbury, said
that between 1 and 2 yesterday afternoon, the prisoners Burns and Sarah
Walker came into his house and ordered some refreshment. They had not
been there more than 10 minutes when the bundle on the table (produced
by Sergeant Newman), was given into his charge by the prisoner Burns,
and both prisoners then left the house. Burns said “Take charge of this.
I shall be back directly”. Witness had not seen the prisoners since
until this morning. Inspector Dodd, of the Canterbury police, came to
witness in company with Mr. Robinson four minutes after prisoners had
left, and claimed the parcel. Walker, when she came in, asked if he had
a bed to let.
P.S. Newman, having received information from Mr. Robinson, proceeded
with him and P.C. Smith to Dover, and then to Canterbury, to the
"Wellington" public house, where he found the prisoners Joy and Castle.
He apprehended Joy, and took him to the Canterbury police station, where
he told him he must search him. Joy then pulled from his pocket 53
cigars, a case knife and clasp knife, two boxes of matches, a letter
addressed “Mr. W.H. Robinson, "Swan Inn," Folkestone”, and a
magistrates` certificate of excise licence, dated 22nd August, 1862.
When he pulled out the letter and licence he said “These are not my
property”. He also produced 4s 11 1/2d. He then, at witness's request,
wrote his name as John Asan. The other prisoners, Castle, Burns, and
Walker were brought into the station while witness was there, and he
assisted in bringing all of them to Folkestone. The bundle identified by
Taylor witness received from Inspector Dodd in presence of Mr. Robinson.
(The bundle was then opened, and was found to contain a quantity of
wearing apparel not identified, 4 clocks, pair of German sugar tongs and
a pair of scissors. Witness also produced a second bundle, that he had
received in the same way, which contained several articles of children's
clothes, baby linen &c.)
P.C. Smith said he went to Dover with Mr. Robinson and Sergeant
Newman, and found the prisoners Joy and Castle at the "Wellington"
public house. The prisoner Joy had a concertina tied up in a
handkerchief, and said it was his own property, and also three coats
that witness found on the table on the room in which the prisoners were.
Witness asked him where he got the coats from, and he said he bought
them. Witness then took Joy and Castle to the Canterbury station. Castle
was rather the worse for drink. The bundle which she had she said was
her own property, and she knew of nothing else. On examining her bundle
nothing was found in it but her own wearing apparel. Prisoner and Castle
were sitting near each other, but other persons were in the same room.
While in the Canterbury station, the Superintendent brought in Burns and
Walker, having found them outside the station. Robinson immediately
identified Burns as the man who had been in company with Joy. Searching
Burns, 2d in coppers, 5 clock weights, 2 ear drops, small gold earring,
gold pin, with part of a red stone in it, and 5 cigars were found upon
In cross-examination by the prisoner Burns, witness said he (Burns)
did not come voluntarily into the Canterbury station to enquire for a
person, but was brought in by the Superintendent by the collar. Burns
did not say that a man had sold him two of the things on the road. He
said that he had sold the clocks to a man on the road.
Mr. Robinson, being again called, identified the gold pin, four
clocks, child's jacket, letter, magistrates' certificate, three coats,
concertina, silk handkerchief, sugar tongs, scissors, five pieces of
baby linen and five clock weights as his property, and exceeding £5 in
This being the case against the prisoners, Captain Kennicott stated
that the Bench had decided to dismiss the women, no property having been
found on them, but he cautioned them as to their choice of companions in
The prisoners then being called on for their defence, Joy said that
on Monday morning he met Burns in Dover, on the road to Folkestone, and
in reply to Burns he said he was going to Folkestone to look for work.
He said he was also going to Folkestone. They stayed in Folkestone until
about 9 o'clock, and then seeing that there was no work in the town they
returned to Dover. They got up early on Tuesday and were going to
Canterbury, and when they came to the station it was too early. There
was a man there with two large bundles in his hand. He asked if anyone
wanted to buy anything, as he was out of employment and without any
money. They told him they could not do so, as they were short of money
themselves. He then said he would sell them things very cheap, as he was
in want of money. Burns asked him how much he wanted for the lot. At
first he asked 35s. He (Joy) told him they could not give him so much,
as they had only £2 between them. He then wanted 30s., but he (Joy) told
him he would give him £1 8s., and he went and changed a sovereign and
came back and paid him the money. Then the man offered them a lot of
cigars for 2s., and so the man received 30s. for the whole, and left
them, and they started for Canterbury.
Burns said the man who offered the things said they need not be
afraid to buy the goods. He brought them from London. They were his own
property. He had carried them a long way, and he was hard up for money.
He said he would not carry them any further, for they were no use to him
as he intended to go to sea. When he was leaving them, “this gentleman
here” (the prisoner Joy), went to get two tickets, and the man put his
two fingers in his white waistcoat pocket, and asked him (Burns) if he
was married. He said he was not, but he intended to be; and the man then
gave him two large ear drops and a small pin, and said “I'll bid you
goodbye. Keep them in remembrance of me” (laughter). He then went away,
and they went to Canterbury, where he went to the "General Havelock."
Sarah Walker went out to get something to eat, but she came running
back, and said the young man and woman who came with them from
Canterbury were locked up. Giving the two bundles to the landlord at the
bar, and asking them to keep them for a few minutes, he went to the
police station, where there was a great crowd. Pressing through the
crowd, he asked the Inspector if So-and-So (giving description of Joy
and Castle) were locked up. He said “Yes. Come along with me”, and he
(Burns) went. After he got inside the Inspector caught him by the collar
of his coat, and searched him.
Both prisoners were then committed for trial at the next Quarter
Sessions to be held in the borough.
One of the male prisoners (Joy) is believed to be an old convict who
has served a four year sentence; and the other (Burns) is a notorious
character in the neighbourhood of Chatham. He was formerly in the 17th
Lancers, and subsequently worked in the Chatham dockyard. The two female
prisoners, who are well known on the Camp, were arrested by Sergeant
Smith of the County Police immediately on their quitting the Court,
their bundles containing various articles stolen, with others, from the
premises of R. Oakenfold, of Ashford, on Tuesday se'ennight. They will
be brought before the magistrates at Ashford this morning.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 4 October, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Tuesday September 30th: - Before J.J. Lonsdale, Recorder.
Thomas Joy, 28, baker, and James Burns, 25, engine driver, were
charged with stealing 1 gold pin, 4 clocks, £3 7s 6d in money, and other
articles, the property of William Hall Robinson, in his dwelling house,
at Folkestone, on the 2nd September, 1862.
After a short absence the grand jury brought in a true bill against
both the prisoners, who pleaded not guilty.
The petty jury were then sworn, and a long enquiry into the facts of
the case was gone into, the result being that they were both found
guilty. Former convictions were proved against the prisoner Thomas Joy,
who had a ticket of leave unexpired, and the learned Recorder said he
felt bound to inflict a severe sentence on him: the sentence would be
one of penal servitude for 15 years; the other prisoner not having any
previous convictions, he would not punish so much; he should therefore
sentence him to 5 years' penal servitude.
From the Folkestone Observer 4 August, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Tuesday 30th September:- Before J.J. Lonsdale Esq., Recorder.
The Grand Jury retired and in a short time returned with true bills
against Thomas Joy and James Burns for housebreaking.
Anson Polaski, otherwise Thomas Joy, 28, baker, was charged for that
at the general sessions for the county of Kent, held at Maidstone, on
9th of March, 1857, he was convicted of felony; at the quarter sessions
held at Sandwich, on the 7th April, 1859, he was convicted of felony; an
that having been so convicted of felony, he, on the 2nd September of the
present year, broke and entered the dwelling house of William Hall
Robinson, situate in Dover Road (the "Swan Inn"), and feloniously stole
and carried away £3 0s 6d in gold and silver money, a gold pin, four
clocks, a child's frock, a child's cloak, five pieces of baby linen, two
boxes of cigars, a bottle of pale brandy, a letter, a magistrates'
victuallers' licence, three coats, a concertina, a silk handkerchief, a
pair of sugar tongs, a pair of scissors, two ear drops and a gold
earring, altogether to the value of £5 and upwards. There was also a
count for stealing from a dwelling house to the value of £5, and a count
The prisoner pleaded Not Guilty.
Mr. Minter, who appeared for the prosecution, briefly stated the case
to the jury, and then called William Hall Robinson.
Examined by Mr. Minter, he deposed that he was the landlord of the
"Swan Inn," and that he closed his house at half past twelve on the
night of 1st of September, and went to bed about 1 o'clock. In
consequence of what had been told him he came downstairs about a quarter
to seven the next morning, and found the pane of glass close to the sash
fastening of the back parlour window broken, and the window a little way
up. The writing desk had been broken open and a pin with a red stone,
four clocks, and some children's wearing apparel were missing. The
clocks were in a box. He then unlocked the door leading into the bar and
went into it, and observed that the window looking into the passage was
open. It fastened on the inside by a thumb bolt, but by shaking the sash
the bolt would loosen. It was witness's habit to fasten the bar window
every night. He missed three pounds and sixpence from the till, and
about seven or eight shillings in copper. He also missed three coats, a
concertina, a letter, and a magistrates' certificate from the bar. He
saw the prisoner on the previous evening in his house. He came in for
refreshment. On Tuesday morning he gave information to the police, and
went with them to Dover and Canterbury. He got to the "Wellington Inn"
at Canterbury, with P.C. Smith, about half past 12. The prisoner Joy was
there, and they found a concertina and three coats there in his
possession. Joy said the concertina and the coats were his property, and
he had bought them. He was then taken to the station and searched, and a
letter, a magistrates' certificate and five cigars were found on him.
The concertina and coats produced were his property. He saw police
sergeant Newman searching Joy at the station house, and find the letter
and magistrates' certificate produced, which were safe in his house on
the Monday night.
By the Recorder – The desk had not been opened for 12 months before.
All the money was taken from the till.
Mary Jane Stace, a servant of Mr. Robinson, came downstairs at a
quarter to seven on Tuesday morning, 2nd September, and saw that the
five little clocks that the night before were in a box on the sideboard
were gone. The back parlour window was open a little way. The bar window
and the till were also open. Going into the back yard she saw her
master's ladder leaning against the gate. The was was rather high.
Police sergeant Newman said that he went to Canterbury on Tuesday,
2nd September, with Mr. Robinson and P.C. Smith. At the "Wellington Inn"
they saw the prisoner Joy, and took him to the Canterbury police
station. When witness said he should search him, prisoner said he would
produce all he had, which was his own property. He then produced from
his pocket 53 cigars, clasp knife, a magistrates' certificate, and a
letter addressed to Mr. Robinson. When he took the latter articles out
he said they were not his property. When asked his name, he said he
would write it. He wrote “James Asan”.
P.C. Smith gave evidence in confirmation of Sergeant Newman.
The statement made by Joy before the magistrates was then read.
The prisoner being called on for defence said he could not make any
further statement than he had already made.
The learned Recorder then summed up the case to the jury, remarking
that when a person is found in possession recently stolen and failed
properly to account for it, the law allowed the jury to presume his
The jury immediately found the prisoner Guilty on the first
indictment – housebreaking.
Inspector Spratt of the Canterbury police was then called to prove a
former conviction, and not presenting himself, the learned Recorder then
said a most serious complaint should be made.
The prisoner was, however, called on to plead to the indictment for
former convictions already given, and he pleaded guilty to both.
A further indictment was then proceeded with for feloniously stealing
five shillings, a watch, and a walking stick, from the premises of the "Duke
of York," Sandgate, on the 31st August, to which the prisoner
pleaded Not Guilty, saying that he was not in England at that time. He
came from Calais on the 1st of September.
This case had not been previously before the magistrates, and as no
legal gentleman represented the prosecution, the examination of
witnesses was conducted by the Recorder.
William Wood said he was a builder, but had control over the till at
the "Duke of York." On the 31st
of August he missed all the money out of his till, a walking stick, and
a bundle of cigars. He had seen the watch on the 30th of August hanging
over the mantel piece. Had not seen the watch since until today. Could
not say that the prisoner was at his house on the Saturday or Sunday,
but he had seen him at his house several times. (This witness gave his
evidence in a manner that called from the Recorder several reproofs. At
last the Recorder said it was disgraceful to see a man behaving himself
in the Court as he was doing that day. It was shameful. He had a great
mind to commit him for contempt of Court. It was shameful the state in
which he was.)
---- Wood, the son of the preceding witness said he got up on the
31st of August and came downstairs and found the front bar sash thrown
open. Going down the passage, he saw the back door was open.
James Long, shopman to Thomas Long, pawnbroker, Dover, had a notion
that he had seen the prisoner before, but he could not identify him as
having pledged the watch, which he had taken in.
The Recorder here stopped the case, no person being able to identify
the person who pledged, and then he proceeded to sentence the prisoner
on the indictments on which he had been found or pleaded guilty,
remarking that he had very little moral doubt himself that in the last
case he stole the watch and stick, although, as the case had been got up
under rather peculiar circumstances, the evidence was not satisfactory.
It was quite clear that he was a professional housebreaker. He was such
a person that the law must protect persons against when they went to bed
at night to take their rest. He was one of those persons, evidently, who
if interfered with in the carrying out of their purposes would not
hesitate to use violence. He meant therefore to do what would perhaps
send him out of the country for a time – though it did not necessarily
follow that a sentence of penal servitude removed a criminal from this
country. The sentence he meant to pass on him was that he be kept in
penal servitude for fifteen years (sensation).
James Burns, 25, engine driver, was then indicted for breaking into
the "Swan Inn," and stealing articles as enumerated in the indictment
against Joy. The prisoner pleaded Not Guilty.
Mr. Minter, for the prosecution, recapitulated the evidence, and
called various witnesses, whose evidence was the same, with unimportant
variations as to possession of goods &c., as in the last case, and the
prisoner's statement before the magistrates as to his being accosted by
a person on Tuesday morning at the Dover railway station, from whom he
bought the articles found upon him, was read. To this statement the
prisoner would now add nothing.
The Recorder then summed up the case to the jury, who immediately
returned a verdict of Guilty, and he was thereupon sentenced to five
years penal servitude.
This closed the business of the sessions.
This page is still to be updated.
ROBINSON James G 1847+
FRANKS Mr (rendered by sickness incapable of keeping the house) June/1857
ROBINSON William Hall June/1857-99+
BRETT William Perren 1903
NORMAN Christian 1913
CLARKE William P 1922
HERBERT Sidney C W 1934-38
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