Offence: Theft > burglary
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Charles Dean , of the Parish of Shipperton , was indicted for breaking open the Dwelling House of John Stone , in the Night time, with an Intention to Steal the Goods, Chattel and Mony thereof , on the 7th of June last. The Evidence for the Queen deposed, that on the 7th of June about 12 at Night, the House was broken open, and the Prisoner with one Crouch entered the Prosecutor's Chamber, where he with his Wife were in Bed together, and she going to Cry out, Dean threatened to Stab her; but she desisting, he Bound her; then the Prosecutor got out of Bed, that then the Prisoner and the other dragged him out of his Room, assaulting him after a very Violent manner and with an Iron Crow, broke his Scull in divers places, so that his Life is dispaired of. The Prisoner was seen by divers of the Family who knew him, and were positive he was the Man. Day coming on, for fear of being apprehended, they went away without taking any thing; when gone, it was found, that an Entry was made in the Brick-wall where the Sink was, with the Iron Crow aforesaid: Besides this positive Evidence, it appeared that a pair of Shoes, Hat and peruke, was left behind, and the Prisoner was seen at Brentford by 3 in the Morning without those things, and pretended that he had met with Thieves who had took them from him, and desired the Person that met him to give him a pair of Shoes. The Prisoner in his Defence, endeavoured to prove that he was at London, when the Fact was committed. But the Fact being plain, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.