28th October 1812
Reference Numbert18121028-72
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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913. JOHN ROBINSON was indicted for burglariously breaking, and entering the dwelling house of Matthew John Burr , about the hour of twelve, on the night of the 2d of October , and stealing therein a copper, value 1 l. affixed to his dwelling house, and a sheet, value 5 s. and two table cloths, value 10 s. his property .

MATTHEW JOHN BURR . I am a heraldry chaser . I live at No. 14, Camden Town . I keep the house. I did not know of the robbery until 7 o'clock. Mary Cotterel , my house-keeper, was up first.

MARY COTTERELL . I am house-keeper to Mr.

Burr. I went to bed at 10 o'clock. I was the last person up. I made the house all fast, and in the morning I got up at 6 o'clock, it was light. I opened the yard door, and I found the wash-house door open. I left it shut. The wash-house is in the yard; it is an inclosed yard, and when I went in I found the copper down, and taken away, I looked at the line; there was a sheet gone, and two table-cloths. They were all carried away.

Q. How did they get in - A. They got over two walls. The wash-house was not locked; I am sure it was shut.

Q. Was any other part of the house broken open - A. No; the wash house door was not broken, - only opened.

JOHN COUZENS . I am a labouring man. On the morning of the third of October, I was mowing for Mr. Francis, near Kentish Town Road. I heard the sound of chopping; I went to see what it was. I saw the prisoner chopping a copper; I saw one copper lay chopped up, and he was chopping the other. It might be about a quarter to seven. I looked round; I saw some linen lay in the ditch. I asked him, if that was his property; he said, yes. I told him he must go along with me. He dropped his axe, and run away from the property. I pursued him, and took him. He begged and prayed me to let him go. He said he had a wife and family. I secured him and the property.

WILLIAM READ. I produce the property. There was another copper stolen from the next door; the man will not come forward.

Prosecutor. I believe that to be my copper, and my linen.

GUILTY, aged 21,

Of stealing, but not of breaking and entering the dwelling house .

Confined Two Years in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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