17th February 1831
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Third Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

443. JOHN THOMPSON was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Harriet Dee . on the 29th of January , at St. Leonard, Shoreditch , and stealing therein 4 lady's dresses, value 2l.; 1 cloak, value 6s., and 1 pair of bracelets, value 9d., the goods of the said Harriet Dee; and 1 lady's dress, value 6s.; 1 watch, value 1d.; 1 cloak, value 8s.; 1 brooch, value 1l.; 1 diamond pin, value 10s., and 1 chain, value 2s., the goods of Caroline Inggall .

HARRIET DEE. I live at No. 3, Mary Ann-place, Finsbury-market , and am single . On Saturday the 29th of January, I went out about half-past two o'clock - Caroline Inggall is a friend of mine, and resides in my house; it is my dwelling-house - I am mistress of it; it is in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch - I am a dress-maker by trade; I returned at half-past eight o'clock in the evening - I left Caroline Inggall at home when I went out; when I returned I found my street door wide open, and no one in my house; I went in, and missed the property stated, from the bed-room and from the front room down stairs - part of the property was mine and part was Caroline Inggall 's, as it is described - I knew the prisoner; his wife washes for us: I have known him since September last - the prisoner came to my house that night, about nine o'clock, with the linen they had washed, but I had not then missed any thing - about half-past nine Caroline Inggall came in, and then I missed the property; when the prisoner came at nine o'clock he said he had been there about half-past six, and we were out - he told me that of his own accord; I went to him on the Sunday, and asked him if the door was open when he first came; he said it was quite fast, he was sure - I then asked him if he would come and mind the house that day, as my friend and I had to go out - he came about four o'clock that Sunday to mind the house - we left him there; he said he would take care of the house - we returned at half-past ten; he said no person had been there - he then left the house; I had missed the property on Saturday night - he came on the Monday night for the linen as usual - on the Tuesday I missed a duplicate, and on the Saturday after this robbery he asked me if I had lost a duplicate; I said I had - he said he had found one by the street door on the Sunday when he had to take care of the house - I had missed it on the Tuesday, and went to the pawnbroker's to stop the article; it was a brooch - he said on that Saturday."I hope you will not be angry at what I am going to say, but I found this duplicate on the mat at the door, have you lost one?" I said, "Yes, I have had one stolen from me;" he said he did not think it belonged to me or he would have given it to me - he said it was in the name of Deane, not Dee - I had seen it safe on the Saturday evening, after the robbery, in a mustard-pot on the mantel-piece, and on the Sunday I suppose it was taken - on Sunday, the 7th of February, I went to the prisoner's house and I saw my bracelets were made into a necklace, and were round his child's neck - I had not missed them; I had not seen them for a week before, but he said he had taken them from the drawer on the Sunday - they had been in the front room; I told the Police-officer to come to my house on the Monday - the prisoner was not in my house then; he was taken in Finsbury-market - I pointed him out: he walked away, and I sent the officer after him -I went to his house with Inggall that Monday evening - I found there this child's watch, which was part of the property lost on the Saturday night, from the box, from which the dresses were taken - I cannot tell the exact value of all we lost; the dresses were worth 2l.; the officer took the bracelets off the child - we have found no more of the property.

CAROLINE INGGALL . I live with Harriet Dee. She went out on the 29th of January, and I went out about three o'clock - I shut the street door after me; it shut with a spring lock - we each have a key; I returned about half-past nine, and as soon as I came home Harriet called me up stairs and said the things were gone - they had all been safe when I went out, and I left no one in the house; I was present when these articles were found at the prisoner's.

Cross-examined by MR. HEATON. Q. How long have you lived in the house? A. She has been there about five months, but I have not been there so long; she left me in the house that day - I have sometimes occasion to dispose of things for a short time, but I am quite sure I did not part with these that day; I staid about an hour after she went out - her things were hanging up, and mine were in my box; I am sure I shut the door - I pulled it by the knocker, and tried it afterwards.

JAMES BROWN . I am a Police-officer. I was with the prosecutrix when the prisoner was pointed out to me - he had been listening under the window while I was in the house; when I came out I saw him running away, I pursued and took him - I found at his house this toy watch, and these clasps of the bracelets; this part of the bracelets were made a necklace of, and put round the child's neck, and this remaining part was on the mantel-piece.

Cross-examined. Q. You say he was listening under the window? A. Yes, we heard something of a footstep on the pavement - as we were going out he flew from the door, and away he ran.

HARRIET DEE . This watch belongs to Caroline Inggall ; it was taken at the same time that the dresses were; my bracelets were taken on the Sunday - there was no mark of violence on the door; it had been opened with a key.

Cross-examined. Q. What is the value of your property altogether? A. 8l. 1s. 9d. - I had been to the prisoner's house, but we were not on particularly friendly terms; this watch is of no value, but I suppose in the hurry he had mistaken it for a valuable watch.

COURT to CAROLINE INGGALL . Q. Are you sure you fastened the door? A. Yes.

Prisoner's Defence. I have witnesses to prove that at the time the robbery was committed I was at work, from nine o'clock in the morning till six in the evening, and was not out of the house.

MICHAEL CRAWLEY . I am a weaver. On Saturday. the 29th of January, the prisoner was in my room, and never went out from half-past two o'clock till five in the afternoon - I then went out, and left him in my room; I have known him ever since the August after the battle of Waterloo - he has borne the character of an honest lad.

ELLEN CRAWLEY . I am daughter of the last witness. On Saturday, the 29th of January, the prisoner came to his house between ten and eleven o'clock in the morning, and was not five minutes absent till after five in the evening; I have known him some time - he is married, and is a very honest young man.

ANN SAYERS . I live at No. 22, Willow-walk, nearly opposite the prisoner's. On Saturday, the 29th of January, the prisoner came to me between nine and ten o'clock in the morning, and brought me a bundle of clothes to mangle; he came for them again between six and seven in the evening - he had them away, and took them to his own house; I cannot say that I saw him again that evening.

JURY. Q. What part of Willow-walk is No. 22? A. Near the Curtain-road, just past Charlotte-street.

JAMES BROWN re-examined. Q. What is the distance between the prisoner's and the prosecutrix's house? A. About a quarter of a mile - it would take a person about five minutes to walk.

ELIZABETH HAM . I am the wife of Thomas Ham - we keep a baker's shop at the corner of Clifton-street, Finsbury. I know the prisoner as a customer - he came to our shop on the 29th of January, between six and seven o'clock in the evening - he left a basket containing some clean clothes; he said, "Will you let me leave this here, for the people it is for are not at home, and I will call again;" he came again between nine and ten o'clock with his wife and child, and they took away their basket - they bought three hoaves and half a quartern of flour: they left the bread and flour, and he called again in about ten minutes for them.

One witness gave the prisoner a good character.[Feb. 24.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 30.

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