John Wakelin, Theft > housebreaking, 25th May 1732.

Reference Number: t17320525-8
Offence: Theft > housebreaking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

13 John Wakelin was indicted for breaking and entring the House of John Richards , in the Parish of St. Margarets Westminster , and stealing 64 Guineas, a half Board-piece, val. 11 s. 6 d. a Leather Pocket, value one Half-penny, and 2 Mole-skins of no value, the 23d of February last, about the Hour of 9 in the Morning, no person then being in the House .

John Richards. I live in Ship-Yard in Petty-France, Westminster . On the 23d of February, being Ash-Wednesday, about 9 in the Morning, I made fast my Door, and went out with my Wife to Leaden-Hall-Market, leaving no Body in the House. I return'd about Noon, and found my Back-Door open, and the Staple was forced off, my Drawers were broke, and my Money which I had left in these 2 Mole-Skins was gone. I suspected the Prisoner, having heard that he had broke open a House before. I went to an Alehouse that he frequented, and was told, that he had that Morning chang'd half a Guinea there, to pay a Crown that he had scor'd, and that he had hir'd a Hackney-Coach to carry him to Highgate. At Highgate I met a Man that went in the Coach with him, and he told me that the Prisoner gave the Coachman a Guinea. I heard of him all along the Road to Hackney-Common, and that from thence he went in a Waggon for Bigglesworth in Bedsordshire. I follow'd him thither, and heard that he had given a Guinea for a Horse to Eston, which is 7 Miles. I got to Eaton early on Friday Morning, and

found him at the Cock, I thought it was the best Sight that ever I had seen; he was standing at the Door with a Pint of Ale in his Hand, there's special gol Ale at the Cock! he had a Suit of Cloth on his Back that he stole at the same time as he took my Money. I asked him how he could serve me so, to take away all that I had? He paused a little and said, he was very sorry for what he had done. I went in with him, he gave me back my Mole Skins, with 45 Guineas, and some Silver, and told me, that it was all that he had left. I asked him what he had done with the rest, he said, he had spent it, and given it away; that besides the Guinea for Horse hire and a Guinea for the Hackney Coach, he gave the Man that rode with him in the Coach 6 Guineas for bearing him Company from London to Highgate. In all he had squander'd away above 19 Guineas in less than two Days.

William Dulley . My Man drove the Waggon that the Prisoner went in from Barnet to Bigglesworth, the Prisoner had almost killed him; he had given him 19 Pints of Wine and a Hot-pot. I was with the Prosecutor when he took the Prisoner, about 2 o'Clock on Friday Morning at the Cock at Eaton. The Prisoner gave him some Money, and said, that there was all that was left. The Jury found him guilty . Death .


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