William Jackson, John Suttle, Charles Callagan, Charles Earles.
15th May 1771
Reference Numbert17710515-45
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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370, 371, 372, 373. (M.) William Jackson , John Suttle , Charles Callagan , otherwise Ghallagan , and Charles Earles , were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Peter Renvoize , on the 24th of April , about the hour of eleven in the night, and stealing two silver table spoons, value 12 s. four silver tea spoons, value 6 s. one silver milk pot, value 20 s. one wooden till, value 6 d. six hundred and ninety-six copper half-pence, and six shillings and six-pence in money, numbered, the property of the said Peter, in his dwelling house . +

(The witnesses were examined apart at therequest of the prisoners.)

Peter Renvoize . I live in Church Street, Spitalfields ; I am a baker ; on Wednesday the 24th of April, about twenty minutes before one in the morning, I was called up by Thomas Bearfoot , my servant. I missed a silver milk pot, and two large spoons; I went into my shop, and missed my till, with about thirty or forty shillings worth of half-pence; I believe I locked the till about five minutes before eleven. I saw the milk pot and the spoons over night.

Q. Have you ever found any thing again?

Renvoize. A gardner found the till in the morning; I have seen nothing else since; when I came down, the shutter of the window next the door was taken off the hinges; the watchmen brought it to me. It was fast boltted when I went to bed; the sash was thrown up; I fastened it myself over night; I found this chissel (producing a large ripping chissel) and in the kitchen, upon the table, I found a box and burner. Pollard told me Jackson bought this chissel in Wapping, and that this box belongs to Suttle.

John Greenon . I was coming home this evening, 24th of last month; I saw three men come out of the prosecutor's house, they crossed the way, and came up to me in a minute; it was about half an hour after twelve. the first held a cutlass over me, the second held a pistol to my forehead; he knock'd me down with it, and then shot me in the arm. Jackson was the man that held the cutlass over me, and demanded my money.

Q. Did you or not loose sight of them after coming out of the prosecutor's house to you?

Greenon No; I suppose it was not a minute's time. Jackson asked me what business I had there; another man, Suttle, shot me through the arm. It was a moon light night, very light. I think I know something of Calligan, but I am not quite sure.

Q. from Jackson. Whether he swore before the justice that I was the man that shot him?

Greenon. I did not.

Q. from Suttle. Whether you ever saw me before?

Greenon. No, never.

Suttle. That night was very dark and rainy; I look'd out of my window at night.

Court. The moon did not set till after two o'clock that morning.

Matthew Pollard . The four prisoners and I went out together one night, about a fortnight ago.

Q. How long have you been committed as an evidence?

Pollard. I cannot tell rightly. I had known them about a twelvemonth. Jackson and Suttle and I went out a thieving; we met Callagan and Earles in the way; we asked them to go to the alehouse with us; I had known them before; we went a little way. We asked Earles and Callagan to go a thieving with us; they said they would not: they went away, and I never saw them till the next morning. We went up to a baker's, somewhere about Brick Lane in Bethnal Green near Shoreditch; Suttle and I broke open the house with two chissels; we broke open two window shutters of one window; we lifted up the window, and Suttle and I got in; the shutter hung half off; it was not pulled quite off.

Q. What became of Jackson?

Pollard. He was outside. This was about two o'clock, or half after; it was a lightish night. We got a silver milk pot, six silver spoons, and a till full of money. I took the till, Suttle took the spoons; there were 29 s.

in halfpence: we forced the till open with a chissel (this is one of them, taking up the chissel.)

Q. Whose was it?

Pollard. It belonged to us all three: we bought it in Wapping.

Q. What did you do afterwards?

Pollard. I got out, and Suttle followed me. Jackson was on the other side of the way; we crossed over to him; we saw a young gentleman looking at us, we crossed the way to him. John Suttle knocked him down with a pistol, and then let it fly at him. Jackson stood over him with a drawn cutlass; this is the gentleman.

Q. to Greenon. You said you saw three people come out of this house?

Greenon. Yes; it was three doors from my house: I saw two or three come from the house; they were very close; it is hardly twenty yards from my house: I was coming to my own house.

Q. to Pollard. Do you know any thing of that box?

Pollard. It is our box; Suttle, Jackson's and mine. (The box has tinder in it.)

Q. to Pollard. What was in it?

Pollard. Some large spoons, and some small spoons.

Suttle and Callagan's Defence.

We know nothing about it.

Jackson's Defence.

I am just cured of the foul disease, and was not able to go out of my lodgings that night.

Jackson and Suttle, Guilty , Death .

Callagan and Earles, Acquitted .

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