CATHARINE DUNBAR.
15th February 1792
Reference Numbert17920215-41
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceMiscellaneous > fine; Imprisonment

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147. CATHARINE DUNBAR was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Jane Shann , about the hour of three in the night, no person being therein, and feloniously stealing therein a bed-quilt, value 3 s. three blankets, value 3 s. an iron frying-pan, value 6 d. and one brass candlestick, value 6 d. the goods of the said Jane .

JANE SHANN sworn.

I am a widow ; I live in Pump-court ; the one pair of stairs was broke open the 28th of January, Saturday; I let it to a man and his wife; a furnished room; I keep the whole house; I rent five houses in the yard, and let them out in tenements: they were lost from a house where I do not live myself.

Court. Then it was not taken from your dwelling-house? - No.

All the articles lost were let with the lodgings? - Yes, every article in the indictment.

Who were the lodgers that you had? - Thomas Frampton and Elizabeth Frampton ; they had these things; they were not let to the prisoner; she is a strange woman.

When did you see them last? - Betwixt one and two o'clock on Saturday; I saw Catharine Dunbar going out of the room, and I went up to her, and she had a bundle under her arm, and a frying-pan in her hand; I followed her, and asked her where she was going with these things? I called to Mrs. Frampton, and asked her if she had left the door open; I stopped her, and found three blankets and one bed-quilt, a frying-pan, and a brass candlestick; I can swear they are my property, because I know my own things; the quilt is red on one side, and while on the other; the iron frying-pan had a brass rivet in it; the candlestick has a piece broke out of the top.

Prisoner. The woman told me, when she stopped me that day, that the door was not locked.

ELIZABETH FRAMPTON sworn.

At the time these things were lost, I was out scouring, at next door; Mrs. Shann alarmed me; she said, Mrs. Frampton, you have not locked your door; the things were let to me; I found a quilt, three blankets, an iron frying-pan, and a brass candlestick; they all belong to Mrs. Shann, and they were let to me; the door was double-locked; when I came back, I found the door forced, and wide open; the staple was forced out; I found it afterwards.

DAVID BREWER sworn.

I am a constable: I was sent for, and when I came up to the house, the things were carried up into the room; I took the things into my possession, and examined the room, and carried them to a magistrate; I

have kept them from that time to this: I now produce them.

(The things produced, and deposed to.)

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was coming past, and the woman met me, and gave me these things; I did not know they were stolen; the witness said, she did not lock the door; whether it was, or was not so, I cannot tell; I never was up in the room; the things were given me by a woman that lives in the neighbourhood, and did live there some time back; I am as innocent as a child unborn; I know nothing but that they were given me; my witnesses have been here all day, but they are all gone home; they are working people; I am a very honest woman, and I work very hard.

GUILTY of stealing, but not of the burglary . (Aged 45.)

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Fine. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]


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