9th December 1789
Reference Numbert17891209-95
VerdictNot Guilty

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96. WILLIAM ROBERT MILLING was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of December , one brass cock, value 1 s. 6 d. and eighteen pounds weight of leaden pipe, value 1 s. 6 d. belonging to William Kibble , then and there affixed to a dwelling house of his , against the statute.


I lost this cock and pipe from my house; I do not live in the house, I only sleep in it; it was there on Sunday evening the 6th of December; it was a pipe through a wall, conveying water into the yard; I missed it on Monday the 7th.


I am a patrol in St. Sepulchre's; I was on duty on Tuesday night the 6th of December, and going down Charter-house-lane; I returned, and I heard a noise of somebody coming through a court; I called the watchman; and I saw the prisoner drop two pieces of leaden pipe; I said to the watchman, here it is; I collared him; another man was in company, who made his escape; the prisoner also made his escape at that time; I carried the lead to the watch-house, and delivered it to the constable of the night; that was the lead I took from the prisoner; it was about a quarter after one in the morning of the 7th, when I saw the prisoner; the prisoner was taken on the Tuesday following; I saw his face at the time; it was a very clear night, and there was a lamp in the court, besides, I knew his face and his name before.


I was constable of the night; the patrol brought four pieces of lead to me.


Have they ever been carried to Mr. Kibble's, the prosecutor's house, to fit them? - No.

Prosecutor. I have not the least doubt but they are mine.


I am innocent.


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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