25th February 1789
Reference Numbert17890225-15
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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196. JOHN VANDIEST was indicted for burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Titus Newcome , about the hour of six in the night, on the 26th day of January last, and burglariously stealing therein a pair of leather pumps, value 5 s. and two shoes, value 2 s. his property, and two pair of leather shoes, value 10 s. the property of John Newcome .


The prisoner at the bar came into the shop of Titus Newcome , a boot and shoemaker .

Court. Who is John Newcome ? - John Newcome is a boot and shoemaker; I live with Titus Newcome ; we had the property from John Newcome to sell; the shop is Titus Newcome 's, and so was the house; about five or six o'clock in the evening of the 26th of January I had been out, and came in just before the prisoner; the lodger's bell rung, and I went up stairs for five or ten minutes, and I left nobody; when I came down I found the prisoner in the shop, the windows were down, and the door on the latch; when I came down I saw somebody going out of the shop; and I went into the shop, and found the window was cleared; I immediately went out, and I saw the prisoner crossing the way; I walked on the right hand side of the way, and he on the left; I went rather quick, and crossed over, and I met him face to face; I took him by the collar; he had a bundle; I said to him, you have robbed my shop; he said, no, he had not, he saw a man run; I said, you are the man; I took him to a publick-house; here are two pair of tie shoes, with the name of Mr. Welgen on them; we bought them from John Newcome to sell again for ourselves: he got away from me at the publick-house, and ran off; here is a velvet pump, our own make; it is the property of Titus Newcome , I am sure of that.

Was the window broke? - It was not broke.

Prisoner. Was there any light in the shop? - No.

Was I walking or running when you saw me? - He was walking on the left-hand side of the way:


I know no more than hearing the cry of stop thief, and seeing the prisoner running, I tript up his heels, and held him till the last witness came up.


I heard a noise in my passage, and I went and desired them not to make a noise there, but to get out in the street; and I heard the prosecutor say, the man had robbed him.


My father is a carpenter by trade, and I went to carry a table home; I pickt up the bundle; they took me to a publick-house, and used me very ill; the man I saw running had a black coat on.

Newcome. I saw the man go out of the shop; there was no light in the shop; I never lost sight of him from the time that he left the door till I brought him to the publick-house from whence he made his escape, and was afterwards taken by the witness Spark.

GUILTY. Of stealing the pump only, but not of breaking and entering .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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