THOMAS JONES.
11th April 1833
Reference Numbert18330411-1
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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Second London Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

672. THOMAS JONES was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Isaac Leplastrier , on the 11th of April , at St. Martin, Ludgate, and stealing therein 2 watch-cases, value 4l., the goods of the said Isaac Leplastrier and another .

SECOND COUNT, stating it to be the dwelling-house of the said Isaac Leplastrier and another.

ROBERT CURRY . I live at No. 45, Dean-street, Soho, and am a turner. On the 11th of April, about four o'clock in the afternoon, I was going down Ludgate-hill, and saw the prisoner force his hands through the window of Mr. Leplastrier's shop - I could not perceive what he took out, but I saw he had got something; I took hold of him, and took him into the shop - the shop door was not shut at the time; I saw him endeavour to conceal what he had got, and I found a watch-case in each of his hands - I marked them, and delivered them to the constable; he forced his hands through a very large square of glass, which he broke.

MR. ISAAC LEPLASTRIER. I am a watch-maker , and live at No. 20, Ludgate-hill . When I returned from the country the morning after this happened, I found one of the panes of glass in my shop window broken into one hundred and fifty pieces; my son lives in the house, and I carry on the business in partnership with my son; the lease of it is mine - the rent and taxes are paid out of the profits of the business.

JAMES SNOW . I am a constable, and live in Holyday-yard. I received the prisoner in charge, and produce the watch-cases, which I received from Curry.

MR. LEPLASTRIER. These are my cases - they are worth about 4l.; the door which opens to the street does not at once admit you into the shop - there is a lobby, and on the right there is a door which enters the shop; the outer door is always open - the house is in the parish of St. Martin, Ludgate.

ROBERT CURRY re-examined. Q.Which door did you mean was open? A. I meant the outer door - the inner door was closed, and the window was closed, but the street door was open.

Prisoner. I did it through distress - I had been out of work a long time, and did not know what to do to get a bit of bread.

[April 13th.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 25*.


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