Jon,in reply to your post 513.
There doesn't appear to have been any loiterers that night.Hutchinson states a reason for being outside Crossinghams.Lewis saw only a man ( Hutchinson), and a couple who were mobile.
We do not know who Hutchinson spoke to initially on entering the police station. We know Aberline came from somewhere else.It can,I believe,be assumed Badham was in the police station when Hutchinson entered.Hutchinson has been reported as leaving in the company of policemen.
There is no evidence that Aberline expressed in written form or verbally,any other comment than," it is my opinion." To anyone.
Hope I will not be accused of bad English by ending with a two word phrase.