JOHN BURGESS.
26th May 1819
Reference Numbert18190526-20
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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788. JOHN BURGESS was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Miles , (he and other persons being therein), about four o'clock in the forenoon of the 1st of May , at St. Andrew, Holborn , and stealing therein 5 s. in copper monies numbered , his property.

SARAH MILES . I am the daughter of John Miles, who keeps a sheep's-head shop on Great Saffron-hill . On the 30th of April, I went to bed at twelve o'clock, leaving a 5 s. paper of copper in a desk in the parlour behind the shop. I fastened the window-shutter up close - it is an inner shutter. Between four and five o'clock in the morning I got up, found the window wide open, the shutter down, and the money gone - the prisoner was standing in the shop. I had left the key in the desk.

JOHN MILES . I am the father of the last witness. On Saturday morning, the 1st of May, I heard a rumbling in the parlour, got up, came down, and found the prisoner standing with the parlour-door in his hand. I knew him before, and asked him how he came there? he said he came there to sleep. The window was wide open, and the desk a little up. I found the paper of halfpence in his pocket, which I had seen in the desk the night before. He tried to escape, but I held him. I never gave him leave to sleep there. I saw him the night before near my premises.

JOHN BARNLEY . I took the prisoner and money in charge.

SARAH MILES re-examined. I believe it to be the same paper - I tied it up myself.

Prisoner. I beg for mercy. I was intoxicated, and am very sorry for it.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 20.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Garrow .


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