7th April 1831
Reference Numbert18310407-3
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Garrow .

700. THOMAS WALL was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Mary Carson , on the 26th of January , at Enfield, and stealing therein 1 watch, value 50s. , the goods of the said Mary Carson .

MARY CARSON. I live in Baker-street, Enfield , and keep a shop there; my sister, Amelia Pond , lives with me. On the night before the robbery, which was on the 26th of January, I remember going to bed, about ten o'clock; my sister was the last person up - we went to bed much about the same time, and left the doors and windows all secure; I had a watch in my possession, which I left over night in the table drawer in the parlour below stairs; I found it gone in the morning when I went to look for it; I got up about nine o'clock - when I first came down we found every-thing as we had left it the night before, as we thought, and I had my breakfast; I missed the watch as soon as I came down, about nine o'clock, and looking about afterwards I found the bricks had been taken out at the end of the house, and an opening made large enough for a man to get in at - I have since had my watch shown to me, and know it again; (looking at it) - this is it; there was the word "Aberdeen" on it, and I find that there now.

AMELIA POND. I am sister to the last witness, and stop at her house sometimes. We went to bed nearly together on the 26th of January - I fastened the house up myself; there was no hole in the brick-work then - when I got up in the morning, after some time, my sister's watch was missing - on examination a hole was found in the brick-work; I had gone to town, and it was bricked up before I returned - I had not seen it before I went; I had left some milk in a jug in the back kitchen, and when I got up in the morning the milk was gone, and I found beer in the jug - I know my sister's watch; I had taken it to Ogston, the watch-maker, to offer to sell it to him, and he was to come to the house to look at it.

GEORGE OGSTON . I am a watch-maker, and live at Enfield. Pond brought me a watch to sell about the middle of January - I told her to take it home, and I would call and talk about it the first time I came that way; I saw it sufficiently to identify it - I am perfectly sure that this is the watch.

PHILIP ANTHONY . I am a journeyman baker. In January I was employed by Mr. Young, a baker, at Enfield- the prisoner was in the same employ; he was apprehended on the 16th of February, and I saw a watch in his possession - I inquired how he came by it, and he said it was formerly his grandfather's, and his grandmother had given it to him since his death; (looking at it) this is the same watch - I have not the least doubt of it.

JOHN MEAD . I am constable of Enfield. I took the prisoner into custody in February, and while he was in my custody this watch was delivered to me; I afterwards attended before Dr. Creswell, the Magistrate, and heard the depositions given by the witnesses, in the prisoner's hearing - nothing whatever was said to induce him to make a confession; I heard what he said before the justice, saw it taken down, and saw Dr. Creswell put his name to it -(read.)

"The prisoner, being asked what he has to say in his Defence, says 'I did steal the watch.'

(Signed) D. CRESWELL."

Prisoner's Defence. I am not guilty.

[April 7.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 16.

Recommended to Mercy, on account of his youth.

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