Robert Nowland, Patrick Nowland, Theft > housebreaking, 8th December 1731.

Reference Number: t17311208-34
Offence: Theft > housebreaking
Verdict: Not Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Death

Robert Nowland , of Christ-Church , was indicted, and Patrick Nowland (his Father) of the same Parish, was a 2d time indicted for breaking and entering the House of William Durant , in the Day-time, several Persons being therein, and taking from thence 3 Sheets, 3 Shirts, 15 Napkins, 7 Aprons, 1 Calamancoe Gown, 7 Silk Gown, 1 large Silver Spoon, 2 Tea Spoons, 1 Strainer, 1 pair of Silver Tongs, 1 Silver Thimble, 1 Silver Pen, 1 pair of Silver Buckles, 1 Tortoise-shell Snuff-Box, and 1 Gold Ring, the Goods of William Durant ; and 1 Silver Candlestick, value 5 l. the Goods of the Parishioners of Christ-Church , the 29th of October last .

William Durant . I am Sexton of Christ-Church , I live in the Vestry-House in Butcher-Hall-Lane , at the Back of the Church; and there's a way thro' to the Church. On the 29th of October, I attended at my Lord Mayor's Shew, and when I came Home I soon heard that my House had been robb'd. Next Day I went in quest of my Goods among the old Clothes Shops in Chick-Lane, and left a Description of what I had lost. Soon after I was sent for to Mr. Savages, where the Prisoner, Patrick Nowland , came to offer my Calamancoe Gown to Sale.

Jane Durant . When my Husband was gone to my Lord Mayor's Show , I went out too about Twelve, and return'd about One, and found my Doors broke open, and my Goods gone.

Sarah Hospital. I saw Patrick Nowland and another Man walking to and for in the Lane for two Hours, and afterwards I saw them come down the Stairs with a great Bundle. Patrick went up the Lane, and the other follow'd at a little Distance.

Susan Hains . I saw Patrick and another go into Christ-Church Vestry [the Prosecutor's House] as if they were going into the Church, but they came back again, and went up Stairs. Then the youngest of them came down and stood in the Door-way, and the other (which was Patrick) look'd out of the Window, and by and by he came down with a Bundle in his Hand, and went out, and the other follow'd.

Thomas Fench . The Prisoner Patrick came to my Master Savages in Chick-Lane, to fell some old Clothes, and there being some Things among 'em like what the Prosecutor had left Descriptions of, I sent for him while I detain'd the Prisoner, and he came and own'd some of them, and other People came afterwards and own'd the rest.

The Prisoner, Patrick, in his Defence said, that he bought the Goods in Manmouth-street of William Trevors .

[This William Trevors was then a Prisoner in Newgate, but this Trial being a little before the Bill of Indictment was found against him, he was admitted to give Evidence.]

William Trevors . I heard the Prisoner Patrick crying old Clothes in Monmouth-street , and called to him, and sold him this Gown and other Things, which I and John Kelly , Thomas Kelly , and Francis Norris stole out of the Prosecutor's House.

Court. Where did you live then?

Trevors. At the Prisoner Patrick's House.

It appear'd that Trevors was a most notorious Rogue, and belong'd to Patrick's Gang; and that last Sessions he was try'd for robbing the Dog Tavern in Newgate-street, when Patrick was an Evidence for him.

The Evidence not being sufficient against Robert Nowland , the Jury acquitted him, and found Patrick Guilty . Death .


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