FRANCIS WARNER.
12th December 1787
Reference Numbert17871212-10
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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13. FRANCIS WARNER was indicted for burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Thomas Hall , about the hour of seven in the night, on the 8th of November last, and burglariously stealing a woollen bed quilt,

value 12 s. a pair of sheets, value 3 s. three blankets, value 3 s. a pillow and case, value 3 s. three tea spoons, value 3 s. two tea-boards, value 2 s. a waiter, value 6 s. and a pair of women's jumps, value 2 d. his property.

THOMAS HALL sworn.

I live in Brick-lane, Whitechapel ; I am, a breeches maker ; my house was broke open between seven and eight, on the 8th of November; I was in the shop with the boy Thomas M'Donald; he told me heard a noise in the parlour; I went into the parlour with a candle, and saw the sash thrown wide open, and I missed the things; I was in the parlour half an hour before, the window was close down then; the window opens into my garden, there is a court adjoining to the garden, which is called Hanover-court; part of the things I lost are here; I saw a man get over the wall, when I looked out of the window; I did suppose it to be the prisoner, and that he was without his shoes, because when he jumped down, he made no noise; my boy went into the street, the prisoner was taken in a very few minutes afterwards; it was dark, but I held the candle up: I produce two tea-boards and a japanned waiter, a pair of jumps, and a tea-chest, they have been in my possession ever since I received them from the Justice.

JOHN SADGROVE sworn.

I am a private house-keeper, I was going along Brick-lane, near seven in the evening, I took some of the things down to the Justice; these jumps were brought to me sealed up; I live facing the prosecutor's house, I heard the cry of stop thief from a boy, I turned round, and saw the prisoner come out of Hanover-court, just coming through the posts; if he came out of the prosecutor's garden, he must come from the court, a boy hallooed, stop thief; I took the prisoner without his shoes; I said you must stop, my friend; he said, I have nothing about me, and these jumps were brought to me, and all in the course of two minutes; I can not justly say who gave me the jumps; I gave them to the Justice; they were sealed up.

Mr. Hall. They have been in my possession ever since; the jumps were brought to me by one Greenwood, but he would not come.

THOMAS M'DONALD sworn.

What age are you? - Turned of fifteen.

Do you know what will become of you, if you take a false oath, after your death? - Yes, I shall go to a very bad place.

What bad place? - They call it Hell.

Were you present in Brick-lane? - Yes, I saw the prisoner come out of Hanover-court, I heard a rumbling about; he ran out with the jumps underneath his arm, I hallooed out stop thief, and he dropped the jumps right facing the muffin-shop; and as the man was coming from Whitechapel, the witness Sadgrove stopped him; a sailor picked up the jumps; I saw the prisoner drop the jumps, that were delivered to Sadgrove by the sailor; I am sure I did.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was just coming back from my work; I went to my mother's, and she sent me for my father at the Two Brewers; before I reached there, I stopped at the end of this alley, and presently I heard the cry of stop thief, and I crossed over, and that man laid hold of me; says he, you will do nicely to weigh your weight at the new drop, and he has told my mother so several times since, when he has met her; he hauled me away to the watch-house.

Court to prosecutor. Are these your wife's jumps? - Yes, they were in the parlour.

Mrs. HALL sworn.

These are my jumps; I put them on the bed in the room which was broke open; I could know them among forty pair.

GUILTY , Death .

(Aged 17.)

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.


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