31st May 1786
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500. GEORGE BUCKLEY and FRANCIS OTHELLO were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d day of May , ten pounds weight of leaden pipe, value 14 d. belonging to John Stephens , and affixed to his dwelling house, having no claim, title, or claim of title thereto .

A second count, for feloniously stealing, on the same day, one boiling copper, value 20 s. belonging to the said John, affixed to a certain out house of the said John.

A third count, for feloniously stealing, on the same day, one iron frying pan, value

1 s. one padlock, value 3 d. his property.


I live in Great Warner-street, Coldbath Fields ; on the 23d of May, at four in the morning, I was called out of my bed; I came into the yard, and found the copper gone out of the brick work, and taken into the back yard; its value was twenty shillings; I found a piece of lead pipe laying close to the wall of the dwelling house, it appeared to be just fresh cut off; I found the padlock which fastened my place wrenched off close to the side of the gate in the yard, and the frying pan I found in the copper; I went to the watch-house and saw the prisoners there.


I was watchman at this time; I was upon duty; and the prisoners came by between three and four, they said good morning; I watched them and spoke to them; one of them was standing against the wall, and they made over the wall as soon as I spoke, and came through a house, and I took them at the door.

MARY BOAK sworn.

I was alarmed about four in the morning by the watchman; I got up to the window and I saw the two prisoners upon the wall, at the end of our yard; I saw the prisoners come over the wall into our garden; they came across our yard, and opened the yard door and came into the house; and a person from the other side of the wall called out; and they came into our house; and they might be there ten minutes; and the watchman took them.

William Lee the headborough took the prisoners to the watch-house, and found the things at the prosecutor's house as he describes.

(The things produced.)


We were going to seek for work, and met the watchman; and we saw three men come out of this yard; and we were dry, and went in there to get a drink, and the watchman took us; he came with his drawn hanger, and said, now d - n you I have you; and he frightened us.


I say as he says.

Court to watchman. Did you see any body else about the premises? - No.

Had you your hanger drawn? - Yes.

Court to Jury. By a late act of parliament, removing these things with intent to steal, is felony.


Each transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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