Elizabeth Powell, Theft > housebreaking, 16th October 1728.

Reference Number: t17281016-18
Offence: Theft > housebreaking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Elizabeth Powell , of St. Sepulchre's , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-House of Ann Norton , on the 18th of September last, in the Day-Time, no Person being in the House, and taking thence a wainscoat Box, in which was one Guinea, and two Crowns besides, some wearing Apparel , the Property of Ann Norton .

Ann Norton depos'd, That she being absent from her House some Hours, on the 18th of September, and coming Home, found the Wall joining to the Door-Post broken, and the Lock forced open, and searching further, found the Money and Goods mentioned in the Indictment were taken away; that one Ann Ellison was suspected to have done it, and accordingly charg'd her with it but she cleared herself, and brought out the Prisoner, and the Prisoner produced the Goods that Night, bringing them to the Prosecutor, in her Lap; which Goods being produc'd in Court, the Prosecutor swore they were taken out of her House as aforesaid.

Joseph Brown depos'd, That he was at the apprehending of the Prisoner, when the Goods were found upon her, and a Bag, to which the Prosecutor swore.

Richard Slaughter depos'd, That he was the Constable who took the Prisoner, with the Money which she had hid, but they searching, found it; and after she had for some Time trifled and equivocated with them, she directed them to a Place where she had sold the Prosecutor's Gown and Petticoat for six Shillings, at which Place they found it.

She made a very trifling Defence, pretending a Gentleman gave her the Guinea, which was found upon her, and half a Guinea besides, and for the Cloaths, she pick'd them up in the Street; but the contrary appearing evident, the Jury found her Guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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