William Hoskins.
9th December 1714
Reference Numbert17141209-29
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty

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William Hoskins , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields was indicted for breaking the House of Richard Downs , on the 22d of November last, in the Night-time, and stealing thence 80 Pair of Silk Stockins, 40 Pair of Worsted, and divers other Goods to a considerable Value . The Prosecutor swore , That his Shop was broke by boring Holes, and taking out some Pieces of Board on the Side of his Shop next a Court, and thereby he lost his Goods. Another Witness depos'd, That searching for other stolen Goods, he found part of the Prosecutor's in the Prisoner's Lodging. One Chance, an Accomplice in the Fact, swore, That the Prisoner and he did it. The Prisoner said nothing in his Defence, but that Chance was an old Offender, and drew him in, whereupon he was found Guilty of Burglary.

He was a second time indicted for breaking open the House of Elizabeth Smith , in the Night time, and stealing thence Linen to the Value of 5 l. Mrs. Smith swore, Her Shop was broke by boring as before, and the Goods taken away: But there being no other Evidence but Chance to prove the Prisoner concern'd he was acquitted .

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