JOHN COLLETT.
18th July 1821
Reference Numbert18210718-64
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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968. JOHN COLLETT was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Martin Sanderson , about twelve o'clock in the night of the 14th of July , at Sunbury , with intent to steal, and stealing therein, one pair of trowsers, value 2 s.; one waistcoat, value 6 s.; two handkerchiefs, value 8 s.; one pair of shoes, value 3 s., and one pair of stockings, value 1 s., the goods of George Griffin .

MR. ANDREWS conducted the prosecution.

ROBERT SILWOOD . I am servant to Mr. Sanderson, who lives in Sunbury parish. On the 14th of July, I went out at eight o'clock at night, and left Griffin in the house. As I came home between twelve and one o'clock, I found some things laying outside near the window, which was open - I had left it shut. I called my master up, I rung the bell, came back to the cottage, and saw the prisoner getting out of the window, I secured him, he

tried to get from me - he had nothing with him. I said,

"How came you to take these things?" he said I threw them out myself, and wanted to lay it to him. I took him to my master - I knew him before; he worked at the flax mills, at Hownslow.

COURT. Q. Is it a cottage - A. Yes, my master keeps the house.

GEORGE GRIFFIN . I am servant to Mr. Sanderson. I slept in the cottage - he went out about eight o'clock. I went to bed about half-past eleven o'clock, the window was shut, but not fastened - it slides back. I was awoke by Silwood coming home, and found my things removed, which had been hung at the bed-post when I went to bed. I found them in the front court - it was dark when I went to bed.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

MR. JAMES MARTIN SANDERSON . The witnesses are servants of mine, and live in a house of mine adjoining my own, I keep it for them, it is in the parish of Sudbury. Silwood awoke me about half-past twelve o'clock, I found him with the prisoner; he said he had not been in the cottage. Silwood said he had caught him coming out of the window - I know Griffin went to bed at half-past eleven o'clock.

JAMES BOLTON . I am a constable, and took him in charge; he told me he was going to make a shilling or two of the things.

Prisoner. My father ran away from me when I was a child, and my mother is out of her mind.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 17.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Burrough.


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