25th June 1823
Reference Numbert18230625-75
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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928. WILLIAM WELLS was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Wiggett , about the hour of six in the forenoon, of the 26th of June , at St. Andrew, Holborn , ( William Middleton and others being therein) and stealing therein three coats, value 5 l.; two pair of trowsers, value 2 l.; a waistcoat, value 10 s., and a table cloth, value 10 s., the goods of the said John Wiggett .

JOHN WIGGETT . I am a milkman , and live at No. 12 Little Gray's Inn-lane, Holborn , in the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn. The prisoner was in my service. Last Thursday morning, about half-past five o'clock, I went out, and left nobody there - I locked the outer door, which leads into the passage; the street door was left on the latch. The prisoner did not sleep in the house, but used always to go and milk the cows , and come to the house with me a little before seven o'clock. I returned about half-past six o'clock, and found him in the front room, on the ground floor - the door being forced open, and he had the articles stated in the indictment in his hand, tied up in a table cloth. I laid hold of him, and asked what he had there? he said nothing. I have lodgers up stairs. The clothes are worth about 8 l. together, and were taken from my drawers; two of the coats had been worn some time; the other is nearly new. The staple of the door had been forced off. I gave him in charge; he was only a fortnight in my service. I did not enquire his character.

JURY. Q. Are you a married man - A. No. My cows are kept in Gray's Inn-lane. He did not do his usual work that morning. Middleton and other lodgers were at home at the time he was taken.

JOSEPH CADBY . I am a constable. I was sent for, and took the prisoner in charge with the bundle containing this property. He said another person sent him to do it.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 16.

Recommended to Mercy, by the Prosecutor and Jury, on account of his youth.

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