2nd July 1817
Reference Numbert18170702-98
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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1027. WILLIAM KAYE was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of September , one picture, value 5l., the goods of Charles Hayter , in his dwelling-house .

SECOND COUNT, stating it to be the property of Ann Hayter .

CHARLES HAYTER . I lodge in Wells-street, Oxford-street , the house is not mine - I am a miniature-painter ; the prisoner had introduced himself to me as Mr. Jackson the artist, soliciting charity. I lent him a book on painting, to have his opinion on it. On the 7th of September last, about two o'clock, I had been out; when I came home I missed the picture, and found the books, on the table, which I had lent him-it was painted by my daughter; I have never seen it since-it was safe twenty minutes before, hanging up in my room.

SARAH COOPER . I am Mr. Hayter's servant. A man came to the door, and asked for Mr. Hayter; I told him he would be at home in a quarter of an hour, and asked him up into the drawing-room he took a book out of his pocket, and wrote the name of Jackson on a piece of paper, and laid it on the table with the book. I shewed him into the room where the pictures were, and went down. In about ten minutes I returned to the room, found him gone, and the street - door open. The man was very much like the prisoner.

Prisoner. Q. Did you not let me out - A. No; no other person had been in the room.

JAMES FLETCHER. I am a constable. Mr. Hayter gave the prisoner in charge, and called him by the name of Jackson; he then said his name was Kaye.

Prisoner's Defence. I am innocent, and know nothing of the picture.

GUILTY. Aged 44.

Of stealing only . Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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