15 December 1888
The High Sheriff of Worcestershire, as directed by the Home Secretary, yesterday, made an official inquiry at Kidderminster respecting the conduct of Berry, the executioner, when he visited that borough on Tuesday last. he High Sheriff received evidence from the chief constable of the borough and others who heard the speech of the executioner and saw members of the Corporation presented to him at the levee held at a public house, and the statements made in the Evening News report were fully confirmed. The High Sheriff will at once send his report to the Home Secretary. The episode has created much excitement in the district.
At Worship street Police court, yesterday, Joseph Isaacs, 30, cigar maker, with no fixed abode, was charged, on remand, with having stolen from the shop of a watchmaker named Levenson a gold watch, value 30s. The prisoner, it may be remembered, had been sought for by the police in consequence of a report of his movements on the night of the murder of Mary Janet Kelly in Dorset street, Spitalfields; and it was aid by the police that they wished the fullest inquiry as to the prisoner's movements on the night of November 8. For that purpose he was remanded, but Detective Sergeant Record, H division, said that so far there was no further charge against the prisoner. The prisoner was then asked if he wished to go for trial, but he pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to three months' hard labour.