Offence: Theft > housebreaking
Verdict: Not Guilty; Guilty
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.
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.
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.
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.