JOHN CRAWFORD.
10th September 1788
Reference Numbert17880910-3
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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499. JOHN CRAWFORD was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Francis Byas , about the hour of ten in the night, of the 8th of July last, with a felonious intent, his goods, chattels, and monies therein, being burglariously and feloniously to steal .

FRANCIS BYAS sworn.

I live in Ten-foot-way , the bottom of Nightingale-lane ; I am a carpenter ; my house was broke open the 8th of July, about eleven I found my house with the sash thrown quite up; there were people in the house; I went out at eight and left my bed made and sash down; I shut my door; my son and me went together; we returned just at eleven; and my bed-room window was open; my son stood with his face at the window; the people let me in; I heard my son call out, here is a man jumped out of the window; I have caught him; and the bed-clothes were all gathered up of a heap, but not tied up; I went down into the street, and saw my son have hold of that chap that stands at the bar; it was pretty light at this time; and there were eight or ten people came with candles.

EDWARD BYAS sworn.

I came home with my father.

Was it dark? - No, it was middling light according to the time of year; when we came home it was just eleven; the window was open; my father said, you stop; I stopped looking in at the window, which is six feet high from the ground; my father knocked at the door; the people up stairs let him in; and the prisoner jumped out; I jumped right under him, and caught him round the middle; I never let him go till I took him to the watch-house.

Prisoner. Were there any more people coming past at the time he laid hold of me? - None at all that I saw; he said to me when I caught him, why did not you

lay hold of that man up the alley; I said, you rogue, why should I lay hold of any body but you that I saw.

Court. Did you see him actually jump out of the window? - I did sir; he resisted very much; and when the mob came up he went down on his knees to ask pardon.

PETER MAYNE sworn.

The day after this prisoner was fully committed for trial, by means of some instrument he made his escape from the lock-up room in East-Smithfield, and the Friday fortnight following I apprehended him by St. George's Church in the Borough.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

When I was coming along, this man laid hold of me and took all the money out of my pocket, and when he returned it he gave me four bad shillinge instead of mine; I gave my mother the money, and she went to change the money and she was stopt with it.

GUILTY , Death .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .


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