17th April 1776
Reference Numbert17760417-35
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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332. CHRISTOPHER WILKINSON was indicted for stealing a pair of silver shoe buckles, value seven shillings, a guinea, eleven half guineas, and four shillings in money numbered, the property of William Barker , in the dwelling house of James Upsdale , March 10th .


I am a brickmaker : I missed my buckles, a guinea, and other things out of my box at my lodgings in a court in Oxford Road , on the 10th of March; I have known the prisoner seven years; when I came home I took up another man; he was taken before Sir John Fielding ; I had told the prisoner I could have no suspicion of him, but finding him in liquor on the Tuesday following, I thought he might be guilty; I took him up.


I am a constable; upon Tuesday the 12th of March, when I was on duty, a man came down to the watch-house a little after eleven o'clock, said a person had been robbed; I went and took the prisoner out of bed; I thought his countenance betrayed him; I took him to the watch-house and found four shillings and three half-pence upon him; I desired the people to search the room; they found the half-crowns and a buckle over the door; I asked if they were his; he said, no: while he was getting up I saw a buckle in his shirt breast which corresponded with that over the door. He wanted to see the prosecutor, but I did not take him to him; he hesitated some time, and then declared he opened the man's box on Sunday, and took out a pair of silver buckles, and eleven half guineas, four shillings, and two sixpences; I asked him what he had done with the money; he said the two half-crowns and the four shillings were part of it; that he had laid out some, and had hid nine half guineas in the ground in Paddington fields, but that it was impossible for me to find it unless he went with me, and he would carry me to the place; this was about two o'clock in the morning: I handcuffed him, and with assistance took him near to George's burying ground at Paddington; he shewed me the spot where it was buried; he took up a dirty paper in which was nine half guineas and one guinea; he said he had sold the buckles to a pawnbroker the same evening; I went to the pawnbroker's, but the pawnbroker said he had sold them.


I am servant to Mr. Murthwaite, a pawnbroker: the prisoner sold the buckles to me that evening; they were sent with some other old silver to the refiner's next morning before I heard from the prosecutor.


The buckles I sold were a pair of old ones my brother gave me; I saved the money; I was a substitute in the militia , and the rest I worked hard for: I was much in liquor when the watchman came to me.



I have known the prisoner from a child; he bears the character of a very honest man; I have worked with him and laid my cloaths by him with several guineas in my pocket, and never knew him to touch any.


I have known him ten years; I never knew

any thing wrong of him; he bears a good character.


The prisoner is my brother: he bears a very good character.


I am master of the house: he bears a good character.

GUILTY of stealing the money, but NOT GUILTY of stealing it in the dwelling-house .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

[No punishment. See summary.]

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