25th October 1827
Reference Numbert18271025-24

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2004. WILLIAM CREW was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Robert Vickery , on the 2d of October , at St. Mary, Paddington , and stealing 1 coat, value 1l.; 1 pair of trousers, value 10s.; 1 waistcoat, value 7s.; 1 pair of drawers, value 2s.; 2 shirts, value 10s.; 2 pairs of stockings, value 3s.; 9 handkerchiefs, value 6s.; 2 aprons, value 1s.; 1 night-cap, value 6d.; 1 towel, value 6d., and 9 shillings, the property of William Salley .

WILLIAM SALLEY. I am a coach wheeler , and live at Robert Vickery's house, No. 22, Irongate Wharf , in the parish of St. Mary, Paddington. On the 2d of October, about five minutes after eight o'clock in the evening, I found master's shop-door a little way open, and the lock a little way off - I put my hand to it; the prisoner opened it, and came out of the shop - I knew him before; he had no business on master's premises - he had got nothing: I asked what he did there, and went to lay hold of him; he said he only went in to lay down - he ran away; it is a wheeler's shop - he never worked for master; I ran after him about one hundred yards, crying Stop thief! and a man stopped him in the street - he was brought back: I searched, and found my two boxes turned out, my hat put on the bed, and the articles stated in the indictment tied in a bundle handkerchief, which was not mine, ready to be carried away; I had seen them all safe in my boxes the day before, in my bed-room; the property is all mine, and is worth 3l. 9s. 6d.; the shop door was padlocked - I found the padlock off, and laid in the shop; I had seen it all secure an hour before - I had fastened it all up safe and tried it; it did not appear to have been broken; my master lived in Kent-place - I am his regular servant, and sleep in this house as his servant.(Property produced and sworn to.)

FRANCIS BRADBURY . I am a watchman, and took the prisoner in charge; he was without a hat or handkerchief, and said he had left them behind him in the place; I found a hat there, and he claimed the handkerchief the bundle was tied in.

Prisoner's Defence. It was half-past seven o'clock when I went in, and not half-past eight.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 17.

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