12th January 1826
Reference Numbert18260112-6
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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Before Mr. Justice Park.

187. GEORGE COXHEAD was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Henry Taylor and John Woodcock Smith , about six o'clock in the night of the 28th of December , at the liberty of the Rolls , with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein, 1 petticoat, value 5s.; 1 gown, value 3l.; 1 shawl, value 3l.; 3 brooches, value 1l.; 1 ring, value 10s.; 2 pairs of ear-rings, value 10s.; 1 watch, value 10l.; 1 watch key, value 5s.; 1 head pin, value 3s.; 1 thimble, value 2s.; 1 pair of buckles, value 1s.; 1 tooth-pick and case, value 1s.; 1 pen-knife, value 1s.; 1 necklace, value 10s., and 1 work-box, value 10s., the goods of the said John Woodcock Smith .

JOHN NICHOLLS . I live at No. 10, Marchmont-street, Russell-square. On the 28th of December, about half-past six o'clock in the evening, I was returning to my office in Symond's-inn - it was quite dark - there is a coffee-house at the corner of Symond's-inn gateway - the front door opens into Chancery-lane, and the back into the inn - and there is a window looking into the inn; I observed two men, whom I suspected, looking about the inn; I was proceeding to my office at the back of the coffee-house and observed one of the ground-floor windows of the coffee-house open - it was not the coffee-room; the room was not lighted, but I could see, by the light of a gas lamp, a man in the room, with something white in his hand - I waited in the yard three or four minutes, then knocked at another window and called Watch! - the two men ran off - the man put his hand on the window ledge and jumped out, with a bundle under his arm - I ran towards him and attempted to seize him - he slipped by me, dropped the property, and ran about forty yards before I overtook him towards the courts which lead into Fetter-lane; I dragged him back to the place where he dropped the property; my cries brought assistance round - I desired the persons to surround the property - it was delivered to the beadle of the liberty in my presence; I am certain it is the same as he dropped - I took an inventory of it at the watch-house - I am certain he is the man - I never lost sight of him.

HENRY TAYLOR. I am in partnership with John Woodcook Smith - we are proprietors of Symond's-inn coffee-house , which is in the liberty of the Rolls, and both live there; I had been into this room between five and six o'clock - it was then dark - there is only one window to that room - I went to see if it was ready for the reception of company, and believe the window was down, but cannot say whether it was fastened. When the alarm was given I found that the brass curtain rod was bent.

THOMAS KEARNEY . I am a constable. On the evening of the 28th of December I was called - Mr. Nicholls shewed me the property strewed on the ground, at the back of the coffee-house - he held the prisoner while I gathered it up. I have had it ever since; he took an inventory of it at the watch-house.

MARY SMITH . I am the wife of John Woodcock Smith, and know this property. Here is a cambric petticoat, a shawl, two gold brooches, (one of which cost a guinea), and a mourning brooch; a pair of ear-rings, worth 30s.; a gold watch, worth 10l., that belongs to a gentleman, and was left in Mr. Taylor's possession - we had lent money on it; here is a shawl, which cost me 3l. 8s. - I had only worn it three times; the property is all mine except the

watch - I had placed it all in a drawer in this back room- it was not locked - I had been to the drawer at four o'clock that afternoon, and saw my work-box, which contained the trinkets, there.

Prisoner. I throw myself on the mercy of the Court.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 20. Of stealing in the dwelling-house, but not of burglary .

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