John Cotterell, Theft > housebreaking, 20th April 1726.

Reference Number: t17260420-9
Offence: Theft > housebreaking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Cotterell , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of Bennet Ward , Widow ; and stealing a Tub, 2 pound of Butter, and 1 pound of Pepper , March 28 . The Prosecutor thus depos'd. I keep a Chandler's Shop in Ratcliff ; I fastned my Doors and Windows when I went to Bed I heard an out-cry of Thieves about 1 in the Morning. - I looked out at Window, and understanding that it was my own Shop that was broke open. I came down, and found the Prisoner there, and my Goods remov'd. Edward Joyns thus depos'd, I was going along Brook-Street with a Burden for the Market, and my Master William Catesby carry'd the Lanthorn, between 1 and 2 in the Morning. So, says my Master, Hy, Hy, what's here, a House broke open? - Step over, Master, says I and see how it is and so my Master did and took the Prisoner, but he was so extropolus, that he had like to have got away. We found his grest Coat lying at the Door. Thomas Catesby thus depos'd. I and my Man Ned were going to Market with a Basket of Asparagus. I saw the Shop was broke open. I step'd in, and found the Prisoner behind the Counter. I ask'd him what he did there? He made no Answer, but struggled hard to get away. There was a half Butter Firkin with Butter in it, standing under the Shop-window without side the House, and a Box of Pepper was taken out of its place, and set on the Counter. Robert West thus depos'd. This large Gimblet, small Saw, Chissel, and little Poker, were found upon the Prisoner in the Watch-House. Guilty . Death .


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