Margaret Murphy, Theft > theft from a specified place, 28th February 1728.

Reference Number: t17280228-47
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Margaret Murphy , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for privately and feloniously stealing out of the House of John Cordes , a Silver Salver, value 5 l. and a Silver Tea-pot, value 5 l. on the 15th of Jan . last, the Property of Peter Casteels .

The Prosecutor depos'd, That whilst he was at Dinner, on the 15th of Jan. the Goods mentioned in the Indictment were taken out of his House, and that on the Saturday following he heard of their being stopp'd at Mr. Vaughn's?

Mr. Vaughn depos'd, That the Prisoner brought the Plate to him and offer'd it to Sale, but he suspecting it to be stolen, he stopp'd it, and had the Prisoner taken into Custody, for he had found it described in an Advertisement; the Plate being cut in pieces, was produced in Court, and the Prosecutor swore by the Cypher engraven on it, that it was his.

Mr. Painter depos'd, That he engrav'd the Cypher on the Plate for the Prosecutor.

The Prisoner said in her Defence, That she had it from one Mrs. Merrit, who told her that she brought it from Virginia; but the Witnesses she produced not proving this to the Satisfaction of the Jury, they found her Guilty . Death .


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