Charles Hurst, Theft > burglary, 8th July 1719.

Reference Number: t17190708-31
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Charles Hurst , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for Breaking open the House of Edward Cook in the Night time with an Intent to steal , on the 22d of May last. It appear'd that the Prisoner between one and two a Clock broke open the Prosecutor's Window Shutter, then put it to again, and went to fetch a lighted Candle, which he brought between his Fingers, opened the Shutter again, threw up the Sash and went in, walk'd about the Parlour a little, then went down into the Kitchen; whereupon the prosecutor's opposite Neighbour, who had watch'd him all this while, and know him well again, having seen him perfectly by means of the lighted Candle the Prisoner had in his Hand, cry'd out, Thieves, House-breakers, and another coming to his Assistance they went in after him the same way, and lookt about the House for him, but not finding him there, and observing the Back Door open, concluded he must be gone that way; so followed him over a Wall into the next Yard, where they took him in a House of Office. The Constable

deposed that the Prisoner when he was in his Custody said, that he was sorry he threw his Knife at a Black Dog, for if he had it he would have kill'd one of the Evidences; and that if he had gone out forward and not backward they would not have taken him. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that he going along saw the Watch go in, and followed them to their Asistance. But he had no Evidence, nor any to his Reputation; the Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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