William Price, John Murray, John Coleby.
11th July 1770
Reference Numbert17700711-16
VerdictNot Guilty

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441, 442, 443. (M.) William Price , John Murray , and John Coleby , were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of James Holland , on the 3d of May , about the hour of one in the night, and stealing a wooden till, value 2 s. and five hundred halfpence, value 21 s. the property of the said James, in his dwelling house . *

James Holland . I keep the Butcher's Arms, a public house , in Chick-lane . The watchman called me up on the 3d of May, between two and three o'clock, and told me my house was broke open. I got up, and found the room where my bar is was broke open, a wooden partition that went into the gardens, broke open; the till in the bar was broke open, and taken away: I found this chissel upon the bar. (Producing a large chissel.) Pinnock told the justice that Price brought this chissel.

Price. I was admitted an evidence against Pinnock for receiving stolen goods, and she has sworn this thing against me, which I know nothing of, out of revenge. In her information she says that I stole six spoons from Mr. Mott's, on which trial yesterday I was admitted an evidence; whereas Mr. Mott lost no spoons.

Ann Pinnock . I live in Chick-lane; I am there of a day; I don't live there, I live in Mutton-lane.

Jury. You said yesterday that you lived in Chick-lane?

Pinnock. I have a room in Mutton-lane. I was drinking in Mr. Holland's house with a great many more people; Price said he had no more money, and he must go out that night a house breaking. Murray and Coleby were there.

Q. What time was this?

Pinnock. Some time in May.

Q. The beginning or end?

Pinnock. I don't know.

Q. What did Murray and Coleby say to that?

Pinnock. They were very agreeable.

Q. And what said you?

Pinnock. I was as agreeable to go with them as they were to go.

Court. The scheme seems to be to revenge themselves of this Price, who, I verily believe, has told the truth.

All three Acquitted .


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