8th July 1830
Reference Numbert18300708-17
VerdictNot Guilty

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1274. ISAAC SOLOMON was again indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of James McKenzie , in the night of the 5th of February, in the 8th year of the reign of George the 4th , and stealing therein 174 tablecloths, value 117l.; 6 dozens of napkins, value 8l.; 3 other napkins, value 18d.; 16 hats, value 16l.; 24 pieces of Irish linen, value 31l.; 3 pieces of sheeting, value 6l. 17s.; 3 pieces of bed-ticking, value 20l. 14s.; 1 piece of Holland, value 5l. 19s., and 6 pieces of silk handkerchiefs, value 5l., his property .

JAMES MCKENZIE . In February, 1827, I had a warehouse in Wood-street , but did not live there - I had no servants living there; I intended to live there, but at the time in question I had just opened, and got only part of my furniture there; I did not sleep there till the next night; I lived in Clarendon-street, Somer's-town - Ithad a stock in my warehouse; I saw it safe on Saturday night, the 3rd of January, about half-past seven o'clock, when I left - I returned on Monday, about ten o'clock; my servants had got there before me - I found the partition wall of the warehouse broken open by a crow-bar; boles had been made by a centre-bit, and the wood driven out - I missed the articles stated in the indictment, amounting to about 226l., which were all safe on Saturday night; the prisoner was a perfect stranger, and never dealt with me- I saw 10l. or 11l. worth of the property in the possession of Lea and Davies, about the 27th of April following, and can identify two pieces of Irish linen.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. You saw them above two months after the robbery? A. Yes - the goods would form a very heavy bulk; the linen was Irish - I bought it in London; I do not recollect the maker's name - I put my own private mark on it; I had sold none at that time.

JANE OADES gave the same evidence as on the former trial.

JAMES LEA . On the 24th of April, 1827, I went to Mrs. Oades' house, and, among other goods, found two pieces of Irish linen, which I have here, also six pieces of Irish and eleven table-cloths, which I returned to the prosecutor on the 25th of March, 1828, by the Magistrate's order - I kept two pieces of Irish.

Cross-examined. Q. You had taken the prisoner up the night before, and he had no opportunity of going to the lodging to receive any thing? A. No; I found no centre-bit or crow-bar there.

JOHN KINSEY. I am an auctioneer's clerk I was in the prosecutor's service on Saturday, the 3rd of February, 1827 - Hattersley, my fellow-servant, was the last person in the warehouse; we both came out together - all the locks were secure, and the place fastened; I went there first on Monday morning, as I had the keys - I found the bar and padlock gone from the outer door, but no force had been used there; I opened the outer door with the key - it was on the latch; I found the warehouse door open, with a piece of linen against it - a door in the passage had been forced open, and a pannel taken out; they had got in that way, and every thing but one bale of goods, and two or three small things, was taken - about 200l. worth of stock was gone; I never saw the prisoner- he had no dealings with master.

Cross-examined. Q. Nor any means of knowing how to get into your warehouse, to your knowledge? A. No- not above 10l. worth of property was found; the padlock, no doubt, had been picked, and then the bar came away.

DAVID LOW. I am a warehouseman, and live in Watling-street. I saw these two pieces of Irish at the Mansion-house about the 24th of April - they were not in wrappers; I am certain I had sold them to Mr. McKenzie on the 1st of February - they have the numbers of our stock-book on them.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing about the property; I dealt largely in goods for many years.

NOT GUILTY . (See Second Day.)

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