WILLIAM JONES.
6th April 1826
Reference Numbert18260406-81
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceDeath

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Before Mr. Recorder.

657. WILLIAM JONES was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of the Honourable Henry William Stanhope , about eight o'clock in the night of the 9th of March , at St. Luke, Chelsea, with intent to steal, and stealing 1 pelisse, value 5l.; 2 Ladies' dresses, value 10l.; 2 cloaks, value 10l.; 1 apron, value 1l.; 3 bolster-cases, value 10s.; 9 table-cloths, value 5l.; 2 necklaces, value 20l.; 2 pairs of ear-rings, value 20l.; 1 garnet cross, value 15l.; 2 bracelets, value 5l.; 2 breast-pins, value 15l.; 2 seals, value 4l.; 6 boxes, value 6l.; and a silver thimble , his property.

CHARLOTTE GROVES . I am in the service of the Honournble Henry William Stanhope, who lives at No. 42, Hans-place, in the parish of St. Luke, Chelsea . On the 9th of March, at 8 o'clock in the evening, I was going up stairs to the garret with a hay of clothes; the doors and windows were closed; I heard a noise of persons going from one room to the other; I went down stairs, and by the drawing-room door I let the tray fall; my fellow-servant, being in the back parlour, came out - I said somebody was in the garret - I went to the street-door - she followed, and called Watch! - I then stood with my back to the door of the next house, which was uninhabited - and hearing that door open, I turned round and a man came out - Norman came up - I pointed the man out to him - he ran after him - he got out of my sight before he was taken - I did not see his features - Norman and a watchman brought a man back - I went up stairs with two or three other persons and found the wearing apparel and table linen, stated in the indictment, packed up in the back garret in a bag, which did not belong to the house. The property had been taken from the wardrobe in the front attic - the attics join each other - I found the back attic window wide open - I had not seen it after twelve o'clock - it was then open - the bag contained a silk pelisse, worth 5l.; two ladies' dresses, worth 10l.; two cloaks, worth 10l.; an apron, worth 1s.; three bolster-cases, worth 10s.; nine table cloths, worth 5l. Mistress kept her ornaments in a dressing-case on the second floor, which is under the attics - I cannot say whether the room door was shut - I am the only servant who attends in that room - I closed the door in the afternoon - I do not know whether her ornaments were there, they have not been found - I had seen part of them in the room the day before, when I assisted in dressing my mistress.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. - Q. At what time did you close your Mistress' door? A. Between twelve and one o'clock - the alarmw as soon after eight o'clock - it was dark - I did not look at the clock, but I had taken in the

beer, which comes at eight o'clock - I cannot tell whether any body had got in and secreted themselves - I found several phosphorus matches in the house.

ANN ROWLEY . I am cook to the Honourable Mr. Stanhope. Grove called to me - I ran into the street, and saw a man come out of the next house - it was dark, and I cannot identify him; Norman pursued him, and a man was brought back; I was in the back and front garrets at seven o'clock, and shut both the windows down - it was getting dark then. I went into the back garret after the alarm, and saw the property in a strange bag.

JOHN NORMAN . I keep a shop in this neighbourhood. I saw nobody come out of the house; a man was pointed out to me twenty yards from the house; I pursued, and never lost sight of him till Curley, the watchman, stopped him - the prisoner is that man.

Cross-examined. Q. It was dark? A. Yes. I had no opportunity of observing his features, but I never lost sight of him; there was no turning before he was stopped, except the oval railing of the square. I was about twenty yards from him all the time - he was not out of my sight at all; there was no other man in the street, I am certain; there was a young woman who is here.

COURT. Q. A man was pointed out to you running? A. He was not running when he was pointed out. I never lost sight of him till he was taken.

THOMAS CURLEY . I am watchman of Han's-place. I heard a call of Watch! and Stop thief! and saw Norman running after a man, and calling Stop thief! I never lost sight of that man, but stopped him - it was the prisoner; I took him to Mr. Stanhope's door, saw him searched, and a match box found on him, with matches in it. Maybank has got it.

Cross-examined. Q. Any one might go into the empty house and come out again? A. Yes; the house is in the parish of St. Luke, Chelsea.

SAMUEL ELLIOTT . I am a watchman - my beat is at the back of Han's-place. I heard a cry of Stop thief! and saw a parcel of people in the square; I found the prisoner in the charge of Curley and Norman; I went into Mr. Stanhope's house, and found an empty chaise box outside the back garret window - the servants claimed it.

Cross-examined. Q. Were you running after the man who came out of the empty house? A. No; I was at the back, in the New-road; I found several men and women round when I came up - that was while the pursuit was going on.

JAMES WARWICK . I am a watchman. I was coming down Exeter-court, leading to Han's-place, and heard a cry of Stop thief! when I came up the prisoner was in custody - I went and searched the empty house, went up, and found the back garret window open - a person could get on the roof - there is an eight - inch wall there. I found a dark lautern in the empty house, close by the back garret window. I found nobody in the house. I found a crow-bar in the square - it is here.

Cross-examined. Q. I suppose a person on any of the adjoining roofs could get into Mr. Stanhope's house? A. I should think so. I searched every part of the empty house; I looked up the chimnies.

BOADICIA WILKINSON . I live at No. 5, York-street, near Mr. Stanhope's. I saw the man who was afterwards secured, going round by Han's-place garden - he was being pursued; I saw him throw something over into the garden; I could not distinguish what it was - I was on the pavemant.

Cross-examined. Q. You observed his hand move, as if he threw something away? A. I heard it sound - I was about twenty yards from him; there are trees and grass inside the railing; I saw the watchman, and told Norman of it, in their presence. I could see a man run by me, but not distinguish his features; he was twenty yards from me.

COURT. Q. What did it sound like? A. I thought it was keys.

REBECCA SHARP . I am servant at No. 44, Han's-place, two doors from Mr. Stanhope's; the empty house is between ours and his; Mrs. Stanhope was at our house at the time of the robbery; I went home with her to her own door on the alarm being given - I perceived the door of the empty house open - I pulled it too, but could not shut it, as the bottom bolt was pushed out, till I pushed it back. The door of that house was always shut whenever I saw it - it had been empty about two months.

RICHARD MAYBANK . I am constable of the night. The prisoner was delivered to me on this charge; I searched him, and in his left - hand waistcoat pocket found a phosphorus-box, with matches; I locked him up, went to Mr. Stanhope's, examined the house, and found the two attic windows of the empty house open, and the appearance of persons having got from one house to the other; Mr. Stanhope's back garret window was open; there was water in the gutter, and, in the empty house there was marks of wet feet; I went into Mr. Stanhope's house, and found the property in a bag. Warwick gave me a dark-lantern; I desired Warwick and Elliott to go to where I was informed something had been thrown away, and Warwick brought me this crow-bar. I have the property here. The marks were of more than one person.

JAMES WARWICK re-examined. I found the crow-bar in the garden in Han's-place. I did not see the prisoner till he was brought to Mr. Stanhope's door.

Cross-examined. Q. The prisoner was not present when you gave it to Maybank? A. No; I found it on the gravel-walk in the garden.

SAMUEL ELLIOTT . When I came up the prisoner was taken; I first saw him just by the pump by the garden. I was informed something was thrown over the railing - I got over, and found a handkerchief; I went to the prosecutor's door, and produced it; the prisoner said it was not his, for he had his in his hat. I returned, and saw the crow-bar found in the gravel-walk, a few yards from where I found the handkerchief; the prisoner was stopped a good distance from that, but he must have run by in that direction - it was nearer to the prosecutor's house than where he was taken. Nobody had claimed the handkerchief.

RICHARD MAYBANK . I produce the property in the bag.

Cross-examined. Q. There were footsteps of many persons? A. Only from one garret window to the other. I did not examine along the roofs of the other houses; there is a back door to the empty house, by which others

might escape, and the back garden railing was broken down.

COURT. Q. Can you judge by the footsteps how many persons had been there? A. I should think two or three- I could not compare them with the prisoner's feet, because the marks were wet, and one on another. I do not think it was a wet night - I did not examine his shoes.

CHARLOTTE GROVES. I examined the property in the bag, and have no doubt of their being my mistress's property.

THE HONOURABLE HENRY WILLIAM STANHOPE. I had seen Mrs. Stanhope's ornaments two days before, and I think on the day before the robbery - they were kept on the toilet table in her bed-room, in India boxes; they have not been found. There are missing two necklaces, worth 20l.; two pairs of ear-rings, worth 15l.; a garnet cross, and two breast pins, and other property - they are charged at an under value in the indictment.

Prisoner's Defence. I am perfectly innocent. The box is what I use of a morning when I get up; the first witness said at the office she was not sure whether I was the man who came out of the house or not.

JURY to MISS WILKINSON. Q. Can you swear it was the prisoner who threw something away? A. No, but I saw the watchman take the same man as I saw throw it over. I did not lose sight of him till I saw him taken.

Five witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 22.

Strongly recommended to Mercy by Prosecutor and Jury, on account of his character and youth .


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