22nd August 1842
Reference Numbert18420822-2276
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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2276. GEORGE MARTIN was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Henry Ridley Beal, about four o'clock in the night of the 21st of July, at St. Andrew, Holborn, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 1 spoon, value 2s., his property.

JANE FUTCHER . I am servant to Henry Ridley Beale, of Southampton-buildings, in the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn. On the 22nd of July I

was sleeping in the kitchen, and about four o'clock in the morning I heard somebody walking across the kitchen—I coughed on purpose, then rose in my bed, gave another cough, and saw the kitchen door, which leads into the area, wide open—a man jumped up when I coughed—he had his head bobbed down behind the table in the middle of the kitchen—I jumped out of bed, and ran after him into the area—he was climbing over the rails—I ran to the street door, and then the policeman had got him—the area door had been shut, but not bolted, when I went to bed—I saw the prisoner drop a spoon, which the policeman took up—it is not silver—it belongs to Mr. Beal—the kitchen door had been shut and latched—the other door was latched also—there is no lock on them—it was not bolted—nobody could come in without lifting the latch.

Prisoner. Q. Can you swear I am the person you saw in the house? A. Yes, I can—I swear I did not encourage you to come into the house.

GEORGE SULLIVAN . I am a policeman. J was on duty in Southampton-buildings, Chancery-lane, about a quarter past four o'clock—I heard a scream at No. 14, went there, and saw the prisoner getting out of the area—I secured him, and afterwards received the spoon, which I have produced.

Prisoner's Defence. The servant encouraged me to come.

JANE FUTCHER re-examined. I never saw him before—it is customary to fasten the door, but I went to bed poorly and forgot to bolt it.

GUILTY of Stealing only. Aged 19.— Confined Four Months.

Before Lord Chief Baron Abinger.

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