Richard Cecil, Theft > burglary, 12th October 1720.

Reference Number: t17201012-19
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Richard Cecil , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for breaking and entring the Dwelling House of Charles Windell on the 16th June last, in the Night time, with an Intent to Steal . The Prosecutor deposed, that he keeps the Globe in Hungerford-Market and that his House was broke open between 1 and 2 a Clock; that he lost no Goods; but had a great many Thousand Pounds worth of Plate and Linnen, belonging to some of the Nobility, and others, under his Care. Richard Webb deposed,that about 11 a Clock he brought down a Cart load at Goods of the Duke of Newcastle's to the Prosecutor's House, that he lockt and barr'd the Door and Windows, and saw every thing safe; that about one a Clock he found a Window of a Back Room next the Waterside open, which he had barr'd; whereopon he left his Brother to guard that Window, while he went round to the Door, where he took the Prisoner coming out of the House. - Webb deposed, that he staid at the Window while the former Evidence went round to the Door, that while he waited there he heard a Bolt shoot in the House, and that when the Prisoner was taken, he went up to the former Evidence's Assistance. Ann Windell deposed,that the Prisoner came to their House about 8 or 9 a Clock, and he not liking the Room he was in, she shewed him another; that when he had drank his Drink he went away, and afterwards came again, and call'd for Brandy; that about 12 a Clock they turn'd him out, and the House was made safe. The Prisoner denied that he broke the House or that he went into it with an intent to steal, and in his Defence said, that having been in the House that Night before, went into the same Room again, the Door being open, and knock'd and call'd but no Body answering he came to the Door and was seized. But the Jury not taking his Word for it, found him Guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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