Offence: Theft > housebreaking
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20. Patrick Bourne of Hampstead was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Richard Haly , and stealing a pair of silver spurs, val. 15 s. a watch with the outside and inside cases made of silver, value 3 l. a guinea and 22 s. the goods and money of the said Haly , July 2d .
Richard Haly . The Prisoner work'd for me for 2 years last past, in harvest-time, but finding him loose, on the 27th of June last I turn'd him away, and on the thursday following, in the night time, my house in the parish of Hampstead was broke open. The next morning I found a very remarkable fork which the Prisoner us'd to work with in my house, and that gave me a suspicion of him, and the saturday morning following I went in pursuit of him. I rode up and down the country a great while to no purpose, and as I was returning home at sunset, I spy'd the Prisoner about a gunshot
Richard Haly , junior. After the Prisoner was in custody, I heard him say, that when he entered the house he heard our clock strike twelve, and the first thing he took out was the small bureau, which he carried a field or two and then rifled. That he came in again and broke open the closet and the corner cupboard; but I did not hear him mention what he took from thence.
Richard Porter . I was servant to Mr. Haly at this time. We had been brewing, and I had been fetching some grains, and saw the brewhouse quite safe over night, and the next morning the window was cut through, and a pane of glass taken out. I saw the silver watch and spurs taken from him, and heard him own the fact, and he said it was about 12 o'clock when he got into the house.
Prisoner. I have nothing to say for myself, but must refer myself to the mercy of the court. Guilty Death .