23rd May 1792
Reference Numbert17920523-79
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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298. THOMAS GRAY was indicted for burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Rice , at the hour of nine in the night, on the 9th of April last, and burglariously stealing therein, two sheets, value 4 s. a woollen blanket, value 3 s. his property; a man's cloth great coat, value 2 s. a man's cloth jacket, value 2 s. a pair of breeches, value 3 s. and a shirt, value 6 d. the property of Joseph Phillips .


I am wife of John Rice . He is a house keeper. I only prove the property; it was very near nine in the evening when the things were lost; I lost a pair of sheets, value 4 s. a blanket, value 3 s. the property of my husband; I saw them that morning on the

bed; a man's great coat, a jacket, a pair of velveteen breeches, and a shirt; they belonged to Joseph Phillips , one of our journeymen ; I do not know their value.


I am a workman with the prosecutor. I came home about ten minutes before eight and fastened the door: there were two keys; one the prosecutor had, and Phillips had the other; I borrowed one to let myself in, and kept it till near nine o'clock; I got the key of Mr. Rice's son.


I am one of the patrols of St. James's, Clerkenwell. I met the prisoner between eight and nine, on the 9th of April, with a bundle; I asked him what he had; he said they were things of his own; I asked him where he was going with them; he said he was going to St. Giles's; he said he had a blanket, a pair of sheets, a pair of breeches, and a jacket; but there were more things which he did not mention; I bid him come into the publick-house; he said he would, but he ran away and left the bundle; he slipped down, and I took him; the bundle has been in my possession ever since; the great coat was never found; I did not search the prisoner.

(The things belonging to Mr. Rice produced, and deposed to by Mrs. Rice, and the shirt, the property of Joseph Phillips , which she made.)


(Deposes to the jacket): I had it on at work all that day; I pulled it off at half past seven and hung it up on a turn-up-bedstead in the room where I sleep. (Deposes to the breeches.)


I picked up this bundle at a door at Islington.

The prisoner called two witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY of stealing . (Aged 22.)

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron PERRYN .

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