John Martin, Mary Macklaughlin.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-8
VerdictsGuilty > lesser offence; Guilty

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306. + John Martin , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Robinson in the night time, and stealing one pair of sheets, val. 5 s. and a pair of stockings, val. 6 d. the goods of William Robinson , and

307. Mary Macklaughlin , otherwise Mason, otherwise Thomas , for receiving the same, knowing them to be stolen .

William Robinson . I lost a pair of sheets and a pair of stockings out of my house - I cannot tell whether it was night or day, it was the dusk of the evening.

James Bye . Jeffs and Martin came to me, and we agreed to go out to get what we could come at, we tried at several houses, and could not do any thing; then we came to a house in Dove Court, by Leather Lane. The Prisoner had a hanger under his coat, and he bid Jeffs not be afraid, and swore the first man that came to oppose them he would cut his head off: there was a latch to the door, and Jeffs turned the latch, opened the door, and went into the house about ten o'Clock at night, and brought something out in his apron, and began to run; Martin said, what do you run for? or something to that effect. He brought out a pair of sheets, and a pair of ribbed stockings.

Q. How far was Martin off at that time?

Bye . He might be half the length of the Court off. We went to Mrs. Lucas's to sell them and she did not buy them; then we went to the Prisoner Macklaughlin, otherwise Mason, otherwise Thomas, otherwise Little Moll , and asked her five shillings for them, she bid us eighteen pence, and at last gave us half a crown for them.

The Jury acquitted Martin of the burglary, and found him guilty of the felony . Macklaughlin Guilty .

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