Thomas Williams, Theft > theft from a specified place, 6th September 1753.

Reference Number: t17530906-56
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

436. (M.) Thomas Williams , was indicted for stealing sixteen pounds weight of lead, value 2 s. the goods of Sir Marmaduke Wyvill , Bart. fix'd to a certain dwelling house , Sept. 3 . ++

Robert Goading . On Monday last an evidence that is here, (Binion) came to me and told me he saw a man on a house that belonged to Sir Marmaduke Wyvill , taking the lead off from the window; I went there, and ordered him to bring two men with him, which he did; I ordered him to go in

at the street door: as soon as they got in, they open'd the back door, and let us in, we went up stairs; there I saw some lead lying on the landing place, I then went up into the garret and found nothing there; then we went into the gutter, thinking to find the thief, but I was called down and told he was got out at the window; we took him, (it was the prisoner,) and carried him before justice Frelaing.

Q. Did he own any thing ?

Goading. No, he did not; when I was in the house last I saw the lead in its proper place.

James Binion As I was at my father's house last Monday between three and four in the evening, I saw the prisoner at the bar on this house, it is opposite to my father's, he was taking the lead from off the middle garret window; I saw part of his body out at the window; then he came down to the one pair of stairs window and put his foot on the lamp-iron, which gave way. so he fell into the street: then he said he had broke his leg, I went and assisted him.

Q. Are you positive the prisoner is the man?

Binion. I am, my lord.

Eleanor Barrass . I live servant in great Ormond-street , near this empty house were the lead was removed ; I saw the prisoner at the bar with his head out at a window towards the street, he was taking off the lead; he did not take it quite off while I looked at him, it was fast at one end.

Q. Why did not you watch him till you saw him take it away?

Barrass, I thought he was a labourer employ'd there.

Prisoner's Defence.

I know nothing at all of the matter.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]


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