3rd February 1845
Reference Numbert18450203-445
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment

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445. JOHN CANNELL , RICHARD MEDHURST , JOHN SELF , and RICHARD BURKE , were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the shop of Sarah Rowghans, on the 20th of Jan., at St. Marylebone, and stealing therein 50 oranges, value 1s. 6d., her property; and that Burke had been before convicted of felony.

SARAH ROWGHANS . I am a widow, and keep a shop in Portman-market—I do not reside there, but in Lisson-grove. On Sunday afternoon, between twelve and one o'clock, I locked up my oranges, apples, and other fruit, which I sell in the market—I was fetched to my shop again on Monday afternoon, the 20th of Jan., found it had been broken into, and missed about fifty oranges—the lock of the door was knocked off.

JOHN BYRNE . I live in Orchard-street, Lisson-grove. On Monday afternoon I was in Portman-market, standing over the other side of Mrs. Stevens's, not very far from Mrs. Rowghans' shop door, about as far as across this Court—I saw Medhurst and Self with a bit of iron—Medhurst took it from Self, and put it into the lock, and broke it open—Self was helping at the time—as soon as the lock was broken the door was opened, and Self and Burke ran in and took some oranges—Medhurst also went in, and took some oranges—I informed somebody of what I had seen—Medhurst was taken up by a boy named Shelley—he had some oranges in hit pocket at the time, and the padlock—I picked up the iron—I saw Cannell there, but did not see him do anything—he was standing there at the time the shop was broken open—I did not see him go into the shop—some oranges were thrown out to him, and he picked some up.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. I believe you have been in custody? A. No, never—I stood by and saw all this—I knew it was wrong—I was watching them—I was not with them—I do not know whether they could see me—I did not call anybody while they were going in, or taking the lock off—I called a man afterwards, and he caught Medhurst—I was not there before them—I was walking through the market out of Church-street—I had been with some washing, and was going home—I knew Burke, Self, and Cannell before—I was not waltling for some of the oranges—I have never told anybody so.

JOHN CLEVERLY (police-constable D 132.) I went to Portman-market on Monday afternoon—Medhurst had then been detained—I saw some oranges in his possession, and I received a padlock from Mrs. Rowghans—I do not know where it came from—I took Medhurst into custody—he said that a boy they called Milky (meaning Cannell) broke the lock—he said he took the oranges from the shop after the lock was broken, Dickey Burke and Self each had some, and one of them had a capful—I took him to Paddington school, in the New-road, and took Cannell into custody there—when I took him out, he said to Medhurst, "It was you that broke the lock"—Medhurat answered, "Then you helped me"—Cannell made no answer.

CHARLES COURT (police-constable D 24.) I took Self and Burke into custody on the 20th—I found them together—I told them I took them for receiving oranges—Self said I was mistaken—I took them to the station—Self resisted—I had a troublesome job to get him there—he laid down on the pavement, and would not walk—Burke said nothing, but went quietly.

Self's Defence. I was walking by the market, and met Burke; he said,

"Self, there are some oranges there;" he went and found a piece of iron out of some rubbish, and broke the door open, and came out with some oranges; I asked him for some; he would not give me any, but said if I would go in I might get some; I would not, and went home.

ISAAC SPREADBORO (police-constable D 61.) I produce a certificate of Burke's former conviction—(read—Convicted on the 27th of Nov., 7th Vict., of larceny', and confined three months)—I was present at his trial—he is the person.

(Medhurst and Cannell received good characters.)



Confined One Week.

SELF**— GUILTY . Aged 14.

BURKE— GUILTY . Aged 13.

Confined six Months.

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