William Withall, Theft > burglary, 12th October 1720.

Reference Number: t17201012-13
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Withall , alias Harris , of St. Andrews Holbourn , was indicted for breaking open the Dwelling House of William Gore , Esq ; in the Night time, and taking thence 24 Pewter Plates value 24 s. 2 Brass Sauce Pans value 2 s. 6d. the Goods of the said William Gore; and a Gown, 8 Yards of Edging, some Muslin, &c. the Goods of Ann Dilley , on the 19th of August last. Ann Dilley deposed, that the Doors and Windows were fast in the Evening. that they set up till between 12 and 1 when they heard a Noise in the Scullery and another Room, but thinking it to the Cat, they went to Bed; and between 4 and 5 in the Morning a Man came and knockt them up; that when she came down Stairs she found the Iron Bar broke out of the Window, and the Goods gone. That about a Fortnight or 3 Weeks after her Gown was found on the Back of Rebecca Airy . Rebecca Airy deposed, that the Prisoner lodged in her House 5 Days, and went out the 19th of August at Night, but did not come home again till between 5 and 6 the next Morning, when he gave her the Gown, saying there was an Old Gown which she might make things for her Children with; but she wore it her self, and it was owned on her Back in Grays-Inn; that he also brought in some Plates and two Sauce-Pans at the same time. Anthony Knapp deposed, that the Prisoner lay with him, staid out all Friday Night, came home the 20th in the Morning, and gave the Gown to their Landlady. Jonathan James deposed, that he being out to see all safe the Back-side the Buildings, found the Windows of the Green-house open, whereupon he went round to raise the Family; that 2 quarrels of Glass were taken out, and the Iron Bar wrencht. Mr. Dacres deposed, that Airy was found in Grays-Inn with the Gown on her, and he being the nearest Constable, was sent for, that Airy then said she had it of the Prisoner, who threw it on her Bed, and said she might make things of it for her Children, but she chose to wear it her self. The Gown was produced in Court and swore to by Dilley. The Prisoner denied the Fact, but called none to his Reputation. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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