John Lopton.
5th April 1741
Reference Numbert17410405-52
VerdictsNot Guilty; Not Guilty

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57. John Lopton , was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling House of Lewis Morel , between 7 and 8 at Night, and stealing a large Trunk, a blue Gown, a grey Shagreen Gown, a green quilted petticoat, a white quilted petticoat, 2 Linen Shifts, 2 Linen Aprons, a Handkerchief, a Pocket Book, 11 Guineas, 3 Thirty-six Shilling pieces, a three pound twelve Shilling piece, and a Moidore, the Goods and Money of Ruth Ragg , in the parish of St. Bride's , March 11 .

Lewis Morel . I was not at Home when this was done, but was informed that my House was broke open and robbed of a Trunk, in which were the Goods mentioned in the Indictment.

Ruth Ragg . I can only say that the Goods which were lost were mine.

Jervis Trueman . On the 11th of March, the Prisoner and 2 other Men came to my House, and brought a great Bundle of Things, a Drawer of a Trunk, and a Leather pocket book. They burnt the pocket book, and gave this pair of Nut crackers to my Daughter.

Ragg. These Nut-crakers are mine, and were in my Trunk, when I locked it up at Mr. Morel's. Acquitted .

John Lopton was a 2d Time indicted (with Alexander O Flack and John Lowden not taken) for breaking and entering the Dwelling House of John Dearmore , about 8 at Night, and stealing a brown Cloth Coat, a Cotton Gown, a short Cloak, a Camlet Bed Curtain, the Goods of John Dearmore , a Lutestring Gown, a Quilted petticoat, and a Camblet Riding Hood, the Goods of Ann Ukely , March 2 .

Ann Ukely . On Monday the 2d of March, between 7 and 8 o'Clock in the Evening; Mr. Dearmore, and I were at Supper, and heard the Maid shut the parlour Windows. In about a Quarter of an Hour afterwards I went into the parlour, and found the Window pushed up, my Trunk open, and the Goods mentioned in the Indictment taken out.

Prisoner. Was it light or dark when you missed your Goods?

Ukely. A little Time before I missed them, I went to my Trunk to take something out, and then it was dark and all my Things were safe.

Prisoner. How did you find the parlour Window?

Ukely. It was pushed up as high as it would go.

Prisoner. How near is this parlour to the Room where you was sitting?

Ukely. About 2 Yards or a Yard and half.

Elizabeth Brocas . The Night that Mr. Dearmore's House was robbed, I shut the outside Shutters of the parlour window.

Q. Did you observe how light it was at that Time?

Brocas. It was dark.

Prisoner. Could you distinguish one Man's Face from another?

Brocas. No, I could not, when I shut the Window.

Prisoner. How did you fasten the Windows?

Brocas. I put them to, and shut them as close as I could without bolting; and when the House was robbed, the Shutters were opened and the Sash pushed up as high it would go.

Jervis Trueman . On the 2d of March about 7 at Night, the Prisoner John Lowdon and Aleck O-Flack brought a Bundle of Things to my House, in a white coarse Apron. I can't say what Things they were, but they left this Curtain with me.

John Dearmore . This Curtain is mine, and is part of the Goods which I lost.

Q. When did you see this Curtain in your House?

Dearmore, I went into the parlour about 7 o'Clock the same Evening it was stolen, and then it was there.

Prisoner. Was it light or dark when you saw it?

Dearmore. It was dark.

Prisoner. Was it light enough to distinguish one Person's Face from another?

Dearmore. I opened the Stair-Case Window, and there was a Person singing Ballads, but it was so dark that I could not see whether it was Man or Woman.

Joseph Pratt . I have known the Prisoner from a Child, and never knew him do an ill Thing in my Life.

William Runnington . I have known him from a Child, and never heard any Misdemeanour of him in my Life. Acquitted .

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