10th December 1783
Reference Numbert17831210-16
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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16. JOHN OLDFIELD and RICHARD PHILLIPS were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 27th of October last, sixteen pounds weight of lead, value 4 s. belonging to Abraham Adams , and affixed to a certain building of the said Abraham, against the form of the statute .


I am clerk to Mr. Abraham Adams , he is a builder , he lost some lead on the 27th of October, off a new house in the Circus by Portman Square; it was an unfinished house, it had been laid on sometime, there were to the amount of upwards of two hundred pounds stole in the whole, but there was about eighteen pounds fixed to the dwelling, the piece of lead that I took from the prisoner Phillips, I matched it and it and it exactly fitted, this was the 27th of October in the evening, he was in the house.

How came the prisoner in the house? - Some part of the area was broke down and he went in that way, I suppose or else at

the door way; it was about six o'clock in the evening, it was quite dark, nobody was with the prisoner, he had the lead on his shoulder.

(The lead produced)

Court. What may the value of it be? - It cost when it was laid on twenty-two shillings a hundred, here is about twenty-eight pounds.

That is about two or three shillings for these pieces? - Thereabouts.

How was it separated from the gutter? - It seems to be cut by a knife, I found a part of a knife in the gutter.

What did he say for himself? - He owned himself guilty; he said, he was going to take it to a public house, to the prisoner Oldfield, who was to sell it for him. I saw the lead there before.


On the 27th of October a little after six o'clock, Mr. Wild asked me to go with him to this house, I waited within the house a few minutes, and the prisoner came down, and I took him with the lead on his shoulder.


I was going by there between six and seven o'clock, and saw a man go along with a sack on his shoulder, I followed him and he ran away, and I found this lead at the bottom of the stair-case.

Prosecutor. He owned to me he took it himself, and he went up with me to the gutter, and shewed me where it was taken off.


Transported for seven years .


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILLES.

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