Thomas Griffith, Samuel Armstrong, John Blany.
28th August 1730
Reference Numbert17300828-83
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty

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Thomas Griffith , Samuel Armstrong , and John Blany , of St. Mary White-chappel , were indicted, the two former, for breaking the House of John Richfield , the 3d of May last, in the Night-time, and stealing thence 7 Iron Bars, a Fender, a leaden Cistern, and other Goods , the Property of John Richfield , and the latter for receiving them, knowing them to be stolen .

The Prosecutor depos'd, That his House was broken open, and his Goods stolen, and that happening to be in Ratcliffe Highway , met with the Prisoner Blaney, that he having offered a Guinea Reward for the Discovery of the Person who committed the Fact, he was a saying to Blany, as they were drinking, it was much he could not hear of his Goods, that the Prisoner said to him, he could have earn'd his Guinea, for when he came with the search Warrant, he was then working up the Fender.

William Holland depos'd, That the Prisoners and himself broke open the Prosecutor's House, about 12 or 1 o'Clock in the Morning, that they broke open the Cellar Door, with an Iron Tool that Blaney had made about a Week before, that they carried the Goods altogether, and sold them to Jonas Evans , at a Penny a Pound, that Blaney was present, put the Goods into the Scale, saw his Mistress pay the Money for them, and went about cutting the Fender and Bars in Pieces that they might not be known.

Daniel Chevalier depos'd, That Blaney said, if the Prosecutor would give him a Bowl of Punch of 6 s. he would satisfy him about his Goods.

The Fact being plainly prov'd against Griffith and Armstrong, the Jury found them both guilty of the Indictment. Death . But there not being sufficient Evidence against Blaney, he being a Servant , and the Goods being bought by his Mistress, the Jury acquitted him.

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