12th April 1820
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422. ALEXANDER FRAZER was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Clift , about eight o'clock in the night of the 17th of March , at St. Andrew, Holborn, with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein, one toast-rack, value 2 s., and two silver spoons, value 6 s., his property .

JAMES CLIFT , I am a solicitor , and live in New Ormond-street , St. Andrew, Holborn. On the 17th of February, between eight and nine o'clock in the evening, I heard a noise in the back parlour - daylight was entirely gone. I entered it, and saw the prisoner run across the room; he made his escape out of the parlour window into the street - mine is a corner-house, and the back parlour window leads into the street as well as the front. I jumped out, and pursued him some distance, knocked him down, and brought him back to the house - he had no property about him. I found my servant in possession of the property. I lost a plated toast-rack, and two silver spoons, worth about 8 s. together; a dark lanthorn was found outside the area railing - I had not moved the property from the side-board. My wife and servant were the only persons in the house.

SARAH CLIFT . I was in the back parlour about ten minutes before this happened - I went for the purpose of seeing that the window was closed, and left it closed - I put these things on the side-board myself. The prisoner was a stranger.

SARAH LYNCH . I am the prosecutor's servant. I had shut the back parlour window in the morning, and saw these things there about eleven o'clock, on the side-board. On hearing the alarm I went into the room, and went to the window which was open; the spoons and toast-rack laid on the ground inside, close by the window - I gave them to the officer. I am the only servant - I had not thrown them there.

MR. CLIFT re-examined. My wife and servant were the only persons in the house.

RICHARD HATTON. I am a constable. I received the prisoner and property in charge.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing about the lanthorn.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 11.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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