GEORGE GARRATT.
18th July 1810
Reference Numbert18100718-27
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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465. GEORGE GARRATT was indicted for that he on the 20th of June , about the hour of twelve at night, being in the dwelling house of Walter Colton , burglariously did steal three ten pound notes, four one pound notes, four dollars, two half crown pieces, and seventeen shillings, the property of Samuel Sippel ; and that he afterwards about the same hour of the night. on the same day, burglariously did break to get out of the same .

ANN SIPPEL . Q. Are you the wife of Samuel Sippel - A. Yes.

Q. Where did you live at the time that this happened - A. At the Eight Bells at Kensington .

Q. Had you lodged there that night only - A. We were there three nights; we had lodged there the night before.

Q. Was there any other bed in the room where you and your husband lay. - A. Yes; there was another bed in the room where the prisoner and another man ( John Bass ) lay. We all went into the room together, and the prisoner was the first in bed of the four.

Q. When you went to bed what did you do with your pockets - A. I put them under my head under my pillow, I went to sleep; I awoke in the morning about five o'clock.

Q. Did you look at your pockets - A. Not at that moment; it was half after five when I missed the pocket. There were two pockets upon one string; the string was cut, and one of the pockets was entirely gone.

Q. Do you know what was in that pocket that was gone - A. There were thirty-six pounds; three ten-pound notes and four one-pound notes, in a red pocket book; the leather purse was in a canvas purse, in that canvas purse there were four crown pieces, two half crowns, and the rest in small change to the amount of two pounds two shillings in silver; and a good many things in the pocket that I cannot give an account of.

Q. This was at half after five that you missed it - A. Yes, exactly. I asked the old gentleman that was asleep with the prisoner if he saw the prisoner out of bed; he said he missed the prisoner out of bed at four o'clock in the morning.

Q. At that time was the prisoner in bed - A. No.

Q. How was the door of the room when you went to bed - A. There were no fastenings, only put to. I got up in my shift and went down to see whether the prisoner was gone.

Q. Did you find any body up in the house - A. Yes, the daughter belonging to the house, Elizabeth Colton. The bottom bolt of the street-door was drawed, and the prisoner was not below in the house.

Q. Your husband was in bed I suppose - A. Yes, and John Bass .

Q. Now where had you received these three ten-pound notes, and the one pound notes that you had in your pocket - A. I received them of my husband that same morning, the 20th of June; I had got a five pound note that I got the silver from. He gave me forty pound and two crown pieces.

Q. Had you been with your husband when he received this money - A. I was not present when he took it; he had left the money in the landlord's hands at the Artichoke public house; he received it in Bartholomew-lane, at the bankers. It was prize money; my husband has been to sea a great many years.

Q. Had you known the prisoner before - A. No further than on the Sunday before he slept at the Red Lion at Uxbridge, in the same room as we did.

Q. What day was this - A. The 20th of June, on the Wednesday.

Q. So you first got acquainted with the prisoner on the Sunday before, and he was quartered at the same house as you were - A. Yes. We were travelling up from Wales to receive this trifle of money.

Q. Then on the Sunday he continued travelling up with you the same road - A. No; we were not together on the road; he came the same night to the house at Kensington and asked for a lodging; it was granted.

Q. Do you know whether the prisoner saw you have this money - A. Yes. The prisoner was with us at the Artichoke at Kensington, when my husband gave me the money to take care of, and saw my husband give it me.

Q. Did you see the prisoner again after you missed your money - A. I never saw the prisoner from the morning that I missed my money until I catched him in the Borough last Friday week; I saw him at the door of the house where he was quartered at; he was standing picking his teeth; he turned into the house and shut the door after him, he jumped over the paling of the yard and went into the next house and went under the stairs; I went into the next house with a constable, and saw him coming out from under the stairs of the next house.

Q. Did he come out of the stairs of himself - A. No; the constable bid him come out, and he said he would; I asked the prisoner how he could do such a trick with me; he said why did not I take it a little quieter.

Q. Was he searched at that time - A. He was searched when he was taken into prison; I did not see it. I had never seen him before I saw him at Uxbridge; I do not know what business he is.

Prisoner. They all knew I was going away in the morning.

Prosecutrix. I did not know he was going away.

Prisoner. She is not the wife of Samuel Sippel.

Prosecutrix. I am the lawful wife of Samuel Sippel

SAMUEL SIPPEL . Q. You you have been a sailor , have you - A. I have been in the army and navy.

Q. Is the last witness, Ann Sippel , your wife - A. We have been married about a twelvemonth.

Q. Do you recollect giving your wife any money at the Artichoke at Kensington - A. Yes; it was on Wednesday morning, at the Artichoke; I gave her the forty pounds.

Q. Had you lodged it in any persons hands before you gave it her - A. Yes, with the landlady of the Artichoke, forty pounds ten shillings; I took it from the landlady and gave it to her.

Q. Where did you get that money from - A. I received a draft of Messrs. Cook and co. in the Adelphi, they are prize agents; forty-seven pounds four shillings and sixpence, I received it as prize money; the draft was drawn upon Messrs. Downes and co. Bartholomew-lane, and there I received the money. I had come up to town on purpose to receive this money.

Q. Do you recollect in what notes you received for that draft at Messrs. Downes and co. - A. Yes; three ten pound notes, two five pound notes, seven one pound notes, a half crown piece, and two shillings.

Q. Do you know of having changed any of these notes - A. None of the tens, both of the fives I had changed.

Q. Where had you first met with the prisoner - A. At Uxbridge; I had never seen him before; he came in of the Sunday night, he went off on the Monday morning before us, he left the house sometime before us; I stopped to have breakfast. He came into Kensington and spoke to me.

Q. Was he at the Artichoke at Kensington that morning when you took the money of the landlady and gave it to your wife - A. Yes; and through his persuasion, and telling me that soldiers and sailors suffered by putting their money in landlord's hands, I took it out; that is the way that I lost it, by taking it out of my friend's hands.

Q. Now at the house where you lodged that night did you all lodge in the same room - A. This man and another slept in another bed in the same room; we went up all to bed together.

Q. You did not see your wife do any thing with her pockets when she went to bed - A. No; I laid down in the bed and went to sleep. The next morning we were awake near at one time; I saw her look for her pockets, she missed them; I sat up in bed and missed the prisoner; I saw his bundle at the foot of his bed; I thought the man was not gone. He had left his bundle there for a decoy.

Q. You were not present when the prisoner was taken in the Borough - A. No; I was in pursuit after him down at Bristol. I received the number of the three ten pound bank notes at Downes and co. The three ten pound notes were to put my children out apprentice with.

JOHN BASS . Q. Are you the man that slept on this night with the prisoner - A. Yes; I slept in the same room, in another bed, where Sippel and his wife and children were. I was awake at four o'clock, the prisoner was gone when I awoke.

Q. It was quite light when you awoke at four o'clock - A. Yes, and the prisoner was gone.

Q. Do you know whether he had taken any bundle up in the room - A. There was a bundle that he brought up at night, and he left it under the bed in the morning.

Prisoner. How can he look your lordship in the face and say he was awake at four o'clock; it was half after five when I left the room.

Bass. I heard the clock go four.

Q. Then you was awake before four - A. Yes.

JOSEPH SHEPPARD . I am clerk in the house of Downes, Thornton, and co.

Q. Does Cook and co. prize-agents, keep cash at your house - A. Yes, they do.

Q. Did you pay a draft of theirs for forty-seven pound odd on the 19th of June - A. I paid a draft to a man of the name of Sippel, the same man who is here, I remember his person; I have made a memorandum of the notes; I have brought the book, it is my own hand-writing; I paid him three ten pound notes, No. 244, dated the 4th of June, 1810, No. 245, dated 4th of June, 1810, and 246, dated 4th of June, 1810. I have no doubt they are the same notes I paid away.

Q. Are you conversant enough with the bank business to know that there are never two notes of the same number on the same day - A. Yes, I am.

JOHN GOFF . I am a police officer of Union-hall. I apprehended the prisoner in the Borough on the 6th of July, a linen draper had hold of him first. I took him to Union-hall.

Q. Did you after that search his lodgings - A. I searched him first and found on him a silver watch. I went to his lodgings in Weston-street.

Q. How do you know it was his lodgings - A. I was informed that the prisoner came from that house; I went to the house and searched the prisoner's room, I found a piece of new Irish cloth, a coat nearly new, and a great many other things that appeared to be nearly new clothes, and some shawls, and then I came to Union-hall, I told him I had the trunk and the goods;

he asked me if I had got the note; I asked him what note, he said, a ten pound note; he told me it was in a canvas bag over the mantle piece, in the room where I found the goods; I went to the same room that I went to before, and over the mantle piece I found a purse containing a ten pound note. This is the note and this is the purse. The next day I told him that I had found the purse and the ten pound note; he said he found the money in the road the night before the robbery was committed.

ELIZABETH COLTON . Q. Where do you live - A. At the Eight Bells at Kensington.

Q. Do you remember the prisoner and Sippel and his wife lodging at your house - A. Yes.

Q. Are you the daughter of the people that keep the house - A. Yes.

Q. Do you know how many nights the prisoner lodged there - A. Three nights.

Q. Did the prisoner lodge there the same three nights that Sippel and his wife lodged there - A. No; I believe she came there the night before.

Q. Do you remember the morning when the woman complained of having lost her pocket - A. Yes; that morning I got up at five o'clock.

Q. When you first came down in what state did you find the door of the house - A. The door was fastened with the spring lock, but unbolted; the door had been fastened the over-night with the spring lock and the bolts; I fastened it myself, I am sure it was bolted; I was the last person up, and I bolted it before I went to bed.

Q. And the next morning it was unbolted at five o'clock - A. Yes.

Q. You cannot say at what time the prisoner went away - A. No, I cannot.

Q. Was his lodging and reckoning paid - A. His lodging and reckoning were paid I believe.

Q. How soon after you got up was it that the woman came down stairs - A. Mrs. Sippel came down about half after five.

Q. Did you yourself know whether the prisoner was going away early that morning or not - A. No.

Q. Do you know whether any body had gone off before you were up, except the prisoner - A. No; all the lodgers were in the house.

Q. Who keeps the house - A. My father, Walter Colton .

Prisoner. There are two other houses in the yard, to go out they must come through the house - A. Yes, they must come through our passage, but there was nobody that morning that came through before I was up.

JOHN TENNANT . I live at 196 Tooley-street, in the Borough. The prisoner came to my house on the 29th of June, between nine and ten in the morning, he was in company with a woman, he said he wanted a piece of linen; after some time he selected one piece and some shawls, the whole came to three pounds ten shillings and sixpence, he tendered me a ten pound note, and I gave him the difference; I am sure the prisoner is the man; I recollect an endorsement at the back of the note, I observed it particular, I did not write any thing on it myself; I paid the note away in two hours afterwards, and the person that received it wrote my name on the face of the note.

Q. Did you see him write your name on it - A. No: I can swear to the note by the endorsement.

JOHN PARKER . I produce a ten pound note from the bank of England; it was brought in the bank on the 30th of June; the note came from Masterman's.

Q. to Mr. Tennant. Look at that note - A. That is the identical note that I took of the prisoner, I know it by the endorsement of Coate; I can swear to the particular hand-writing, and there is my name on the face of the note. The number is 244.

Q. to Ann Sippel . Is that your purse - A. It is not.

Prisoner's Defence. I am very sorry that my prosecutor is so hard against me. I found these notes going to the Artichoke public house. I am quite unprepared. There were two other sailors drinking with us, they are neither of them here. I never saw the inside of a gaol before. I have been twenty two years in the navy.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 49.

Of stealing in the dwelling-house, but not not of breaking out of it.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Le Blanc.


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