Cranmer Local History Group Newspaper Archive
|Saturday 18th September 1880|
|Charge agains Bingham Plumber|
|At the Nottinghamshire Shire Hall, on Saturday before Mr. Heymann and Mr. Thos Tid [?]. Wm Barnes, plumber of Bingham was brough up in custody charge with stealing a purse containing £7 7s 6d from the person of Jospeh Thompson, at Aslockton on the 8th of September. The complainant stated that he was a tailor living at Bingham, and on the day in question he was at the Cranmer Arms, Aslockton, when the prisoner can in. He treated prisoner to some brandy, and afterwards paid his fare by train home, they returning together to Bingham. When he got home he missed his purse and afterwards went to the prisoners mother's house, when P.c. Bales had taken him (prisoner) into custody. Prisoner's mother then put the purse produced, which he (prosecutor) identified as his, upon the table, and it contained £5 1s. In cross-examination admitted that prisoner did not ask him to pay for his ticket, but denied having given him his purse to take care of. John Tomlinson, landlord of the Cranmer Arms gave corroborative evidence as to what occurred in the public house, and the Station Mater (H. G. Chapman) at Aslockton, stated that he saw the prisoner and prosecutor go into the same compartment in the train to Bingham.
Prisoner denied travelling in the same compartment with prosecuter. Samuel Hall, landlord of liquor vaults at Bingham, stated the the prisoner came to his place on the day named the worse for drink, and had then in his possessions some sovereigns and half-sovereigns.
Prinsoner's mother was called and stated that prosecutor called at her house, after telling that he had lost his purse said he did not know whether he had given it to prisoner or where he had left it. He then left, and witness's daughter went in search of prisoner, and prosecutor was also sent for. The truth of the latter part of this statement prosecutor at first denied and admitted. The sister of the prisoner stated that when prosecutor had told them about having lost his purse and being in company with the prisoner she went in search of the latter, whom she found. Upon telling him what had occurred he at once said he had got the purse, and on getting to the house he took it out of his pocket and threw it on the table. He then went out in search of Thompson and was taken into custody. Thomas afterwards denied having given him in charge. P.c. Bales took the prisoner into custody and he then denied the charge.
The prisoner, who pleaded not guilty, was committed for trial at the sessions, the Bench expressing their willingness to take bail.