Old Bailey Proceedings.
31st May 1827
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31st May 1827
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SESSIONS' PAPER.

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE ANTHONY BROWN , MAYOR.

FIFTH SESSION, HELD AT Justice Hall, in the Old Bailey, On THURSDAY, the 31st of MAY, 1827, and following Days.

TAKEN IN SHORT-HAND,(By Authority of the Corporation of the City of London) By H. BUCKLER.

London: PRINTED BY J. BOOTH, No. 31, St. Andrew's Hill, Doctors' Commons; and PUBLISHED BY T. KEYS, CITY LIBRARY, COLEMAN STREET.

1827.

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS On the King's Commission of the Peace, OYER AND TERMINER, AND GAOL DELIVERY FOR THE CITY OF LONDON, AND COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX.

Before the Right Honourable ANTHONY BROWN , LORD MAYOR of the City of London; Sir George Sowley Holroyd , Knt., one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench; Sir John Hullock , Knt., one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer; Sir John Perring , Bart.; Sir James Shaw , Bart.; John Ansley , Esq.; Sir Claudius Stephen Hunter , Bart.; Christopher Smith , Esq.; Robert Waithman , Esq.; and William Venables , Esq.; Aldermen of the said City; Newman Knowlys , Esq., Recorder of the said City; Matthias Prime Lucas , Esq.; John Key, Esq.; and Sir Peter Laurie , Knt.; Aldermen of the said City; Thomas Denman , Esq., Common Sergeant of the said City; and William St. Julien Arabin , Sergeant at Law; his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the City of London, and Justices of the Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and the County of Middlesex.

LONDON JURIES.

First

Benj. Stanley ,

Fred. Sansum ,

Sam. Kirkpatric ,

John Simons ,

Henry Lec ,

Wm. Davidson ,

Thomas Hislop ,

Robert Graham ,

Wm. Gorton ,

Wm. Smith ,

Charles Godwin ,

Thomas Cruise .

Second

Henry Huddy ,

Thomas Johnson ,

Joseph Poulden ,

Alex. Cunning ,

John F. Isling ,

Jonathan Kilton ,

Thomas Watson ,

Henry Hooper ,

John Marsh ,

John Mills ,

Benjamin Orton ,

Saml. B. Rankin .

Third

Jph. Dandridge ,

Thomas Archard ,

John Barling ,

James Edwards ,

Francis Barker ,

James Williams ,

John England ,

James Smith ,

Nathaniel Cook ,

John Newson ,

John Watson ,

Peter Mudie .

MIDDLESEX JURIES.

First

Henry Bouts ,

Charles Glass ,

Samuel Gatliffe ,

John Frost ,

John Locke ,

Alexander Rivaz ,

Wm. Chs. Sturt ,

Richard Taylor ,

James Wilson ,

Edward Coleman ,

James Curtis ,

James Christmas .

Second

Joseph Crabtree ,

John Darnley ,

Thos. Elsworth ,

John Perram ,

Wm. Cook ,

James S. Glennie ,

Robt. Fergusson ,

Thomas Fenwick ,

Charles Fox ,

John Hares ,

Thomas Fear ,

Jerard Debeny .

Third

Henry J. Lynam ,

Luke Leck ,

Henry Verender ,

Phil. Richardson ,

John Stride ,

John Unwin ,

Thos. Weddows ,

Tho. Horncastle ,

John Low ,

Robert Ackroyd ,

George Austin ,

Benj. Massey .

Fourth

John Ed. Barnet ,

John Dunn ,

Wm. Ball ,

Philip Theobald ,

Thomas Sear ,

Chs. Broadbridge ,

Frederick Purser ,

Frederick Barry ,

James T. Hooper ,

Thomas Bartlet ,

Wm. Batts ,

Peter Chambers .

SESSIONS' HOUSE, OLD BAILEY, MAY 31, 1827.

BROWN, MAYOR. FIFTH SESSION.

OLD COURT.

LEWIS SOLOMAN.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-1
VerdictNot Guilty > no prosecutor

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The prosecutor did not appear. NOT GUILTY .

WILLIAM HACKWELL.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-2
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceImprisonment

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1014. WILLIAM HACKWELL was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of February , 25 yards of linen cloth, value 50s., the goods of William Greig , in his dwelling-house .

WILLIAM GREIG. I live in the City-road . The prisoner was in my service, as groom, for about fourteen months - he left me in November last; shortly before he was apprehended I missed some property. I found this cloth at the office on the 26th of February - it is mine - I am positive it was safe within five or six weeks of that time; it was on the warehouse shelves: the warehouse is part of the dwelling-house.

EDWARD HAINES . I am captain of St. James' watch. On the morning of the 26th of February, about two o'clock, I stopped the prisoner with this cloth under his arm - he said it was sheeting, which his brother had bought to send into the country, to his mother; I asked where his brother lived - he said in Gray's-inn-lane. I took him to the watch-house, and then he said his brother lived in Wimpole-street, which turned out to be true; his brother came to the office, and said, in his hearing, that he knew nothing at all of it. I marked it, and delivered it to Avis.

GEORGE AVIS . I am an officer of Marlborough-street. The prisoner was brought to the office, and I had some conversation with him; I neither threatened nor promised him any thing: he told me, after some conversation, that he got the cloth from a place where he had lived, and said it was from Mr. Greig's, in the City-road - he afterwards said he had been along with two Jew lads - that they took the property, and gave it to him; he afterwards said he took it himself out of Mr. Greig's warehouse, and that he got in the back way; he afterwards told me where he lived, and gave me the key of his box, which I searched, and found in it duplicates of two pieces of linen, which he said were Mr. Greig's, and a book, with Mr. Greig's name in it; I got the linen out of pawn.

MR. GREIG. This piece of cloth is mine. I am certain I never sold it; the fluctuation of the market is so great I cannot estimate the value. His friends are respectable, and I believe this to be his first offence.

GUILTY. Aged 19.

Of stealing to the value of 39s. only . - Confined One Year .

GEORGE WILLIAMS.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-3
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceDeath

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1015. GEORGE WILLIAMS was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Joshua Kirby Trimmer , about twelve o'clock in the night of the 17th of April , at Chiswick, with intent to steal, and stealing 2 candlesticks, value 2s.; 2 silver spoons, value 3s.; 16 yards of linen, value 35s.; 1lb. weight of tea, value 9s., and 1 silver prong of a fork, value 5s., the goods of the said Joshua Kirby Trimmer; 1 purse, value 2s.; 1 thimble, value 10s., and 2 silk stockings, value 3s., the goods of Mary Trimmer ; and 1 hat, value 15s. , the goods of Herbert Trimmer .

MR. CRESWELL conducted the prosecution.

JOSHUA KIRBY TRIMMER. I live at Strand-on-the-Green, in the parish of Chiswick, Middlesex . On the 17th of April I went to bed soon after eleven o'clock - I went round the house myself, and saw that every thing was safe: it is my dwelling-house: it is unusual for me to awake before five o'clock, but from some cause or other I was awoke as near two o'clock as possible - I got up and opened the bed-room window-shutter, which is my custom; I found it was quite dark - I went to bed again. About six o'clock Foreigner, my servant, came to me, and I went down stairs with a light - I found several doors had been broken open; the first entrance had been made through the back kitchen window - the wood-work, into which the iron bar fastened, was cut away with a centre-bit, and the bar forced out - a pane of glass was broken in the casement, through which a hand could be put, and the hasp of the casement opened; a person could then enter the house: there were two doors bolted within before they could get in further - the first of these doors was forced off the hinges, and put on one side - the pannel of the second was cut out with a centre-bit - any one could then get through. I have a bureau in my front parlour, and my son has another; they were both broken open, and the papers in some measure displaced, but they appeared to have been disturbed in the act; a tea-chest in the room was broken open, and the tea taken out - that room was quite dark, and the shutters closed; they could not have been there without a light, though it was day-light when I was there.

JOHN REYNOLDS . I am constable of Hammersmith. - On the morning of the 18th of April, about twenty minutes

past five o'clock, I met the prisoner at Hammersmith-turnpike, which is about four miles from Strand-on-the-Green; he was walking along very steady; I spoke to him just after he got through the turnpike - he had a bundle in his right hand; I asked him what it contained - he said what he had got he had come honestly by; I collared him, and said I wished to know what he had got - he said it was no business of mine; I took my staff in my hand, and said I insisted on knowing before he went further; he then dropped the bundle out of his hand, and tried to get away - he made no resistance then, but before I got him to the watch-house he caught hold of me by the throat; I struck him with my staff, and took him to the watch-house - I searched him there, and found on him a dark-lantern, a crow-bar, a chisel, a centre-bit, thirteen door-keys, a knife, a pair of scissars, a brad-awl, a die, a pair of black silk stockings, a silver purse, and a gold thimble, and he had a quantity of tea in a handkerchief in his hat which he had got on. I did not hear of the robbery till night; I went to Mr. Trimmer's the following morning. the 19th, and found a door forced off its hinges, and put on one side - I produce the pannel which had been taken out of the other door, one piece was cut out, and I took the other part out myself; I have compared the centre-bit found on the prisoner with the holes in the pannel, it fitted them exactly; the centre-bit was broken at one of the points, and will not cut so clear as a perfect one - these holes appear to have been cut with a broken centre-bit. I showed the articles found to Miss Trimmer, and she claimed some of them.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. At what hour do you leave your beat? A. At five o'clock, or sometimes a few minutes past; I had left then: it was exactly twenty minutes past five when I was at Hammersmith-turnpike, just before I stopped him; it was quite light enough for me to see the clock.

MR. CRESWELL. Q. Is there a clock at the turnpikegate? A. Yes. He was about four miles from the house; I will not swear it was exactly four miles from the house.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Will you swear it is three miles and a half? A. I will not swear exactly to the distance; I will swear to two miles and a half, and I think it is more; I judge it to be four miles, but I never went to Strand-on-the-Green before.

MISS MARY TRIMMER . I am the prosecutor's daughter, and live with him. This purse, gold thimble, and silk stockings are mine - I know the stockings by a mark - they are worth 2s. or 3s. I know the purse by the string being broken, and one of the tassels bent; it is silver, and cost 10s., but being broken I suppose it is worth about 2s.; this is part of an old gold thimble. I saw the stockings safe on the day of the robbery, and the purse and thimble a few days previous - I kept them in my desk, which had been opened, but I had left it unlocked. I came down between six and seven o'clock in the morning, and missed them; when I went to bed on the night of the 17th I put the candles out, and left two candlesticks on the parlour-table, where the desk was - they were gone the next morning; they are not worth more than half-a-crown. I missed the silver prong of a toasting-fork from the other parlour - I had seen that the morning before - it was worth about 5s. The fork and candlesticks were my father's property.

Cross-examined. Q. This prong had been separated from the handle? A. It was screwed up on the Tuesday morning, when I saw it, but is now unscrewed, and the handle left behind - it was my grandmother's, and had been in use some years; the top of the thimble had been knocked off by one of my brothers.

ANN DEANS . I am the prosecutor's servant. On the 18th of April I came down at a quarter before six o'clock in the morning, and in going down stairs I had to pass through the door at the bottom - on opening that door I found a table set against it, which was not there when I went to bed; I found the pannel cut out of the kitchen door; the back kitchen door and window were open - I alarmed Mrs. Foreigner.

MARY FOREIGNER . I am house-keeper to the prosecutor. On the morning of the 18th of April Deans called me - I got up, and alarmed my master and the family; I went down stairs, and found things as my master has described; I missed a piece of cloth from the kitchen, which measured fourteen or fifteen yards; it was Mr. Trimmer's. I had left it on the dresser about eleven o'clock on Tuesday night, when I went to bed; I am sure there were fourteen yards; it was new and worth 2s. 6d. a yard; my own tea-caddy was broken open, and some tea taken out; I missed a silver spoon of Mr. Trimmer's, which I had put into the cupboard with some tea things that night - it was worth 1s. 6d.

Cross-examined. Q. What was the Irish linen to be done to? A. To be scalded before it was made up for shifts or shirts - I do not know what it cost of my own knowledge; I measured it in a rough way, not with a measure, but am sure it was fourteen yards.

MR. CRESWELL. Q. Do you conceive it to be worth 2s. 6d. a yard? A. Yes.

HERBERT TRIMMER . I am the prosecutor's son. I missed a new hat out of the hall - it was mine, and worth about 1l.; I bought it about a month before, but had not worn it six times; I gave 28s. or 1l. for it.

Cross-examined. Q. You cannot tell what you gave? A. No; I bought it in Sackville-street - it was put down to my father's bill. I asked the price, but do not recollect what it was.

Prisoner's Defence. I had been to Battersea fair with my wife and two children; I left them about two o'clock, and, being rather in liquor, I got out of my way - two men came along the road, and asked me to carry these things for them. I told the officer I had come honestly by them.

One witness gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 33.

Of stealing, but not of breaking and entering .

JOSHUA BOGGIS.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-4
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceDeath

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1016. JOSHUA BOGGIS was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of June , at St. Mary, Islington, 4 Bank notes, for payment of and value 10l. each, the property of John Butcher , the younger, in his dwelling-house .

MR. PHILLIPS conducted the prosecution.

JOHN BUTCHER. I live at No. 6, Tyndale-place, in the parish of St. Mary, Islington . The prisoner was employed to varnish some furniture at my house on the 6th of June, 1825; I left the house about eight or nine o'clock in the morning of that day - I had four 10l. notes in a small book,(not a pocket-book) which I left on the mantel-piece of the second floor front room, tied round with a piece of tape,

with other memorandums; I missed the notes on the following morning. I had put the book on the mantel-piece on Sunday evening, the 5th of June; I saw the book on Monday morning, but did not open it; my family were out of town. I saw my notes at Hatton-garden about a month ago; I had received them from Messrs. Hankeys, my bankers, on the 4th of June, but did not take the numbers of them myself. The prisoner had not finished his work; he was painting - it was his duty to return on the 7th of June, to finish the job, and take away his tools, but he never came for them. My servant is here.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Had you any other servant in your house that day? A. No. My family were at Highgate; my wife was at home on the morning of the 6th, and went out with me; I had occasion to leave town - I was out all day, and returned in the evening. The prisoner had not finished varnishing some furniture as I was informed - he had been working for me under Mr. Shaw's orders, some days before. I am not accustomed to leave my property about; the house had been painted throughout, and every thing of value was locked up. To the best of my knowledge there was no one in the house that day but him and the servant.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. You left the book on the mantelpiece on the Sunday evening? A. Yes. The prisoner left a paint-pot and some small brushes behind him; he had been employed by Mr. Shaw to paint, but not to polish the furniture.

MARY MATLOCK . On the 6th of June, 1825, I was in Mr. Butcher's service; I saw the prisoner at work there on the 6th of June - Mrs. Butcher left about ten o'clock; nobody but the prisoner and I were in the house all day; I saw him leave the house about six o'clock in the evening; he said he had not finished his work, and would come again in the morning to finish - he left the tools behind him, and never came for them, or to finish.

Cross-examined. Q. What tools were they? A. Some small brushes, a paint-pot, and a knife; I cannot say whether they were his or Mr. Shaw's. I am positive nobody else was at the house - no tradesman called; there was no carpenter or any other workman there; I did not go out further than into the garden all day - I might be there ten minutes or a quarter of an hour; I will swear the front door was shut all day; I will not swear there was no knock at the door, but am positive there was nobody in the house. The prisoner went out to dinner, and came back at two o'clock - nobody came while he was at dinner, to the best of my belief, but it is so long ago I cannot recollect; I was asked about the notes; but never suspected myself; I was not searched, nor were my boxes; I was asked if I had been with the man in the different rooms - I had been up and down, backwards and forwards. I had been in the kitchen with him; there is no bed in the kitchen - there was nothing happened between us on any bed that day. I was not examined before the Magistrate. I was the only person who had the care of the house.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Were you asked to go before the Magistrate? A. Yes, but I was not subpoenaed, and my master and mistress I lived with would not let me go; I had lived with the prosecutor three months. I am sure the prisoner said he would return next morning to his work; he had left the scrutire unfinished - he said he had not finished it, and would come in the morning to do it.

JOSIAH ALLINSON . I am clerk to Messrs. Hankeys - the prosecutor banks there. I have a book here, the entries in which are mine - I find that on the 4th of June, 1825, a draft of his for 50l. was paid in four 10l. Bank notes, Nos. 5275 to 5278 inclusive, and ten sovereigns; I am certain No. 5278 was one - it was dated the 18th of May, but we do not enter the year; here is the cheque, but I do not know to whom I paid it.

MR. ROBERT BUTCHER . I am the prosecutor's brother. On the 4th of June I presented this cheque to Messrs. Hankeys, and received four 10l. notes and ten sovereigns - I presented no other cheque that day; I gave my brother the same notes.

Cross-examined. Q. What enables you to recollect having four 10l. notes? A. Their being stolen soon after made me recollect it. I heard of the robbery on the Tuesday following; I will not swear this is the cheque, but it was for 50l.

JAMES SEABY . I am an apprentice to Mr. Tremain, a hatter, of King-street, Holborn. I know the prisoner, and remember his coming to our shop on the evening of the 6th of June, 1825, between seven and eight o'clock - he purchased a hat for 24s., and gave me this 10l. note, No. 5278; I knew him before this occurred, and cannot be mistaken in him - he mentioned his name to me in the shop - he waited in the shop while I went to Mr. Young, a baker, in Holborn, to get change; I wrote Mr. Tremain's name on the note, in Young's shop - I never wrote my master's name before on a 10l. note - this is the note, and has my writing on it. The prisoner came again in about two hours afterwards, and ordered a drab hat of my master, and paid 4s. in part of it - he was to call for it on the Saturday, and pay the difference - it was to be 24s.; he never called for it. He called again on the 21st of July, 1826, and had a black hat - he deducted the 4s. which he-had paid the year before out of it.

Cross-examined. Q. Is Mr. Young here? A. No. I recollect the date - he appeared to have been drinking, and said master could never make him a hat big enough - master said he had not got a block big enough. I recollect it was the 6th of June, because I have the book here in which master made an entry when he came home, and I told him of it- I never changed a note for the prisoner before, and never saw my master change one, to my recollection; I never changed so large a note as a 10l. at Young's before; Young wished me to go back for my master to put his name on it. but he not being at home I wrote it myself.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. When your master came home you told him what had happened? A. Yes, and he entered it in the book with the date, and when the prisoner returned I saw my master enter the white hat down - here is the entry: I had seen him frequently at the shop before, but only once since - that was in 1826. I am certain he is the man.

ANDREW DAVISON . I am clerk to Messrs. Hall and Davison, flour-factors, Broad-street-buildings. In 1825 Young, of Holborn, dealt with us - I produce our ledger - it is kept by my brother - I know his hand-writing; (looking at the note No. 5278) this note was in the possession of our firm in 1825; we paid it into the Bank of England - I did not pay it in myself.

Cross-examined. Q. Except from the book can you

state it was ever in your master's possession? A. Except from his hand-writing being on the note.

GEORGE DYER . I am clerk in the accountant's office at the Bank. This note, No. 5278 was paid into the Bank on the 17th of June, 1825, from Messrs. Hall and Davison, in a total of 105l. - they have an account at the Bank; the note is dated the 18th of May, 1825. I have two of the other notes here, Nos. 5278 and 5277 - the other note has come into the Bank, but has no name on it.

Cross-examined. Q. You speak to these facts from having yourself indorsed one of the notes? A. Yes, and from reference to the books - they are not here; the entry is not in my hand-writing.

FRANCIS FAGAN . I am a constable of Bow-street. I apprehended the prisoner on the 9th of April, 1827.

Cross-examined. Q. In 1826 had you seen the witness Seaby? A. No. Young was examined before the Magistrate, who did not bind him over - I believe what he said was not taken down.

Mr. CLARKSON called -

MARKHAM CONEY . I have known the prisoner four years - he bore the character of an honest young man; he worked for my father about two years ago, in the country.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Did you know him in 1826? A. I did not see him in 1826 - my father lives at Lynn, in Norfolk. I know about two years ago my father wanted some work done there, and he told me Boggis did it.

Q. Did you, from the 7th of June till the end of July last, know where the prisoner lived? A. I always applied at his father's for him when I wanted him, but I did not go there within that time.

THOMAS COCHRANE . I live in Fair-street, and am a saddler. I have known the prisoner since October 1825 - he has had an honest industrious character; I lived in the same house with him for ten months - he lived with my father in 1826.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Where? A. In Mary-le-bone-lane, in October 1825 - he was living in the house when I came to it, and in January 1826 he removed to No. 18, Davies-street, Manchester-square - Mrs. Catley, a widow, is the landlady; I do not know whether she lives there now. I now live in Fair-street, Battle-bridge - I cannot say how long in 1826 I lived with him, but it was in February, March, and April; he was about publicly. I have known him intimately since - he works as a painter.

THOMAS NELSON . I have known the prisoner eighteen years, and understood him to be an honest man. I did not see him in 1825, 1826, or 1827.

EDWARD EVERETT . I am a painter, and live in William-street, Hampstead-road. The prisoner worked for me at Cirencester-place last September, for nine weeks - he was not concealed; I did not know where he lived, but always heard of him at his father's, in Edmund-street, Battle-bridge.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 28.

Recommended to Mercy by the Jury, in consequence of the temptation laid in his way .

ELLEN DRYNAN.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-5
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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1017. ELLEN DRYNAN was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of March , at St. Giles-in-the-Fields, 20 sovereigns, 18 half-sovereigns, 100 shillings, 34 sixpences, 96 penny-pieces, 12 halfpence, 2 gowns, value 20s.; 1 petticoat, value 2s.; 1 apron, value 1s., and 1 Bank note, for payment of and value 10l., the property of John Coffee , in the dwelling-house of David Haley , against the statute , &c.

ELIZABETH COFFEE. I am the wife of John Coffee - we lodge in Short's-gardens, Drury-lane , in the house of David Haley. The prisoner was in my service - she attended to my child. I went out about five minutes before seven o'clock on a Tuesday morning in March - it was before Easter - I left her in the room, with my child, and left the key with her; I returned about eleven o'clock, and could not get into the room; I heard the child crying - I got my landlady's key, and found the child in the room, but the prisoner was gone. I found a box which I had left locked was broken open, and missed a 10l. Bank note, several sovereigns and half-sovereigns, some half-crowns, shillings and sixpences, a cloak, two gowns, a shawl, petticoat, and apron - they were all my husband's property, and I am certain I left them locked in the box - every thing was on the Sunday, when I went to the box, and I kept the key in my possession. I saw my petticoat and one gown at Bow-street. My money was not marked - I know we had altogether 45l. 5s. 6d.

ELLEN HALEY . I live in Short's-gardens, in the parish of St. Giles-in-the-Fields - my husband, whose name is David, rents the house; Coffee and his wife lodge with us. Between seven and eight o'clock on the morning in question I was in the shop, and saw the prisoner come out of the passage into the street - she had a cloak on - it was on a Tuesday morning, but I do not recollect the date; I saw no more of her: Mrs. Coffee came home about eleven o'clock- I lent her some keys; the child was locked in the room, and crying - she complained of missing her property. I did not examine her box.

JOHN COFFEE. I am the husband of the first witness. I received a 10l. note, about June last, from Mr. Lockey, a hatter, in change for a 20l. note; I gave it to my wife to put by - I saw it in the box several times since - there was 45l. 5s. 6d. in all. I saw all the money safe on the Sunday afternoon, about three o'clock; I took it out of the box and put it in again - it was stolen on Tuesday, the 13th of March - my wife's clothes were also in the box on Sunday.

GEORGE MATTHEWS . I am an officer of the Police at Cork. I saw the prosecutor at Cork in March last, and on the 21st of March, in the evening, about six o'clock, I apprehended the prisoner at Cork, at her sister's house - her sister delivered a trunk to me - the prisoner saw the trunk; I asked if it was hers - she said it was: she ran into the next room - I left her there in the care of Coffee and a gentleman while I examined the trunk; I found in it a cloak, a shawl, a petticoat, a gown, and a small box inside, containing a 10l. Bank note and seventeen sovereigns, which I have had ever since - I delivered them up before the Magistrate; I put the box and all the property into the trunk, which I corded and sealed - Coffee was present when I examined it. I brought the property to England, and delivered it to Alderson.

Prisoner. Q. Did I say the money was his? A. She said all the property was his - she did not mention any thing in particular.

DAVID GEORGE ALDERSON . I am a Bow-street officer. I produce the trunk, which was corded and sealed; I have just opened it.

GEORGE MATTHEWS . This is the trunk.

JOHN COFFEE. I heard the prisoner acknowledge that all the property was mine. I cannot read, and do not know the note - here are sixteen sovereigns, seventeen were found, but the Magistrate ordered me to give one for expences.

ELIZABETH COFFEE. Here is my cloak, shawl, gown, and petticoat.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 18.

WILLIAM FAIRN.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-6
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceTransportation

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Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

1018. WILLIAM FAIRN, alias FARK , was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of May , 1 coat, value 2l., and 2 waistcoats, value 1l., the goods of Evelyn Waddington , in the dwelling-house of Robert Joy .

PHILIP WEBSTER . I am an officer. On the 11th of May, in consequence of information, I went to a front attic, No. 1, Leg-alley, Long-acre, of which Mr. Joy gave me the key, from a hat-box; and on a chair I found a coat and two waistcoats.

EVELYN WADDINGTON. I lodged at Mr. Joy's hotel, Covent-garden , but was absent when this happened; I left two or three coats and waistcoats on the bed, in an inner room - these clothes are mine, and what I left there; my initials were on the waistcoat, but they are nearly effaced. I think the coat worth 2l., and the waistcoats 5s. or 10s. each.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. When did you leave the hotel? A. On the 29th of April - I had been there about a week, and intended to return; I had kept my things there - I never gave a waiter at Joy's any wearing apparel - I had had the coat five or six months, but only wore it occasionally; I had had the waistcoats eight or ten months - they may have been washed a dozen times.

THOMAS JOY . I am chamberlain at the hotel, which is kept by my brother Robert. The prisoner was a waiter there for about three months. Mr. Waddington left several coats, waistcoats, and trousers there - I saw Webster take a key from a hat-box, which the prisoner used to claim as his - it was kept in the kitchen, where we clean the plate - I have seen him take things out of that box.

Cross-examined. Q. You cannot tell whether any body else used it? A. No - I have seen him take neck handkerchiefs out of it; he was employed there three or four years: gentlemen often leave clothes in their room, but waiters have no business with them - I never knew them take them.

HENRY FARR . I live at No. 1, Leg-alley. The prisoner's wife took an apartment with me on the 13th of April - he came on the same evening, and asked if a person named Farr had come to ledge there - I said Yes, and asked if he was her husband - he said Yes, and I showed him into the room; he came there once or twice a day, and sometimes not for two or three days - I do not know that he slept there - his wife went to lay-in at the hospital on the 7th of May; he came there about three hours afterwards, and I never saw him again - he had the key of the room. Mr. Joy and an officer came on the 11th, and showed me the key of the room; I opened the door, and found the clothes there - the prisoner paid me one week's rent on the morning his wife left: he kept the room locked all the time.

Cross-examined. Q. The lodgings seem more to be taken by the wife? A. Yes.

GUILTY. Aged 25.

Of stealing to the value of 39s. only .

Transported for Seven Years .

WILLIAM TURNLEY.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-7
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty
SentenceImprisonment

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First London Jury - Before Mr. Recorder.

1019. WILLIAM TURNLEY was indicted for stealing 1lb. of coffee, value 3s. , the goods of Nicholas Yarrow .

The prisoner pleaded GUILTY . Aged 28.

Confined Six Months .

RICHARD PETERS.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-8
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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1020. RICHARD PETERS was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of March , 1 pocket-book, value 2s., the goods of a certain person whose name is unknown, from his person .

WILLIAM ALLEN . I am a provision merchant, and live in Queenhithe. I was in an office at the corner of Queenhithe on the 10th of March, between twelve and one o'clock in the day, and looking through the window I saw the prisoner in company with another man; the prisoner opened the pocket of a gentleman's coat, and took a pocket-book from it - I did not know the gentleman - he was unconscious of what had been done; I left the office, and pursued them till I found them gaining ground; I then called Stop thief! they had then got to the bottom of Maiden-lane - the prisoner turned to the right, towards the river; he was pursued and stopped by Three Cranes-wharf - I lost sight of him for about a moment, but swear to him; his companion went in a different way. The pocket-book has not been found - it was a black one.

JOHN HALL . I am a private in the 1st regiment of Guards. I was in Thames-street between twelve and one o'clock, and heard a cry of Stop thief! at the bottom of Queen-street - the prisoner came towards me - I pursued him down Thames-street, and stopped him, without losing sight of him; he threw something from his person as he ran- I saw his hand move from him: I gave him up to the constable, and went with them to Guildhall - I did not observe Mr. Allen till I got there. Before he was taken I saw him throw a tortoiseshall snuff-box away, which I picked up, and gave to the officer. Mr. Allen charged him with taking a pocket-book from a gentleman - he said nothing to the charge.

PETER BURNSKILL . I am in the coal trade. I was in Thames-street, and heard a cry of Stop thief! the prisoner was running. pursued by a crowd - I pursued, an I laid hold of him about the same time as Hall, without losing sight of him - I saw Mr. Allen in a minute or two, who said he saw him take a pocket-book from a gentleman's pocket: he said nothing to the charge - he threw a snuff-box away.

JAMES HARDY . I am an officer. I found the prisoner in custody - he said nothing to the charge.

Prisoner's Defence. I deny having the snuff-box.

GUILTY . Aged 21.

Transported for Life .

GEORGE HARRIS.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-9
VerdictNot Guilty

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1021. GEORGE HARRIS was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of March , 1 basket, value 6s., and 6 loaves of bread, value 4s. 6d. the goods of Robert Coveney .

ROBERT COVENEY. I am servant to Mr. Race, a baker, of Fenchurch-street. Between two and three o'clock on the 30th of March I left my basket in Dove-court , while

I took six loaves into Swithin's-lane - I was absent six or seven minutes; when I returned it was gone; the prisoner had followed me into the court, and into Swithin's-lane; he must then have returned, and took the basket, I suppose - I have not found it.

LYDIA TODD . I live in Dove-court, Lombard-street. I saw Coveney with two baskets; he brought the prisoner into Dove-court; what took my attention was, that the prisoner put his head into our window, which was open- Coveney then took one basket to Mr. Traver's in Swithen's-lane, and the prisoner followed him, but immediately returned, took up the other basket and went away - I did not see him again till the 2d of May, when he was in custody.

Prisoner's Defence. I saw the prosecutor in Cheapside, and being a baker, I asked if he knew of any work - I was acquainted with him, and followed him to the place, he left his basket there; I said, "You had better take it into a public-house, and then nobody will take it"- I then went away.

ROBERT COVENEY . I knew him two years ago; he did come and ask if I knew of a situation.

NOT GUILTY .

RICHARD HOUGH.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-10
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceImprisonment

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1022. RICHARD HOUGH was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of May , 16 fish, called Dutch plaice, value 5s., and 2 fish, called maids, value 1s. , the goods of Jacob Spashett and others, his partners.

JOHN GOLDHAM . I am an officer of the City, attending Billingsgate-market . On the 11th of May, about eight o'clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner shoreing fish from the fish-boat to the stairs - he, (being a waterman plying at those stairs), contrived to get his wherry between the fish-boat and the stairs, and as he carried the fish on shore, he contrived to drop part of the fish into his own boat; there was no occasion for his boat to be there; after the fish-boat was unladen, all but two fish, he went on board, and took out two plaice, which he put into his own wherry - he then put the board of the wherry over the fish to conceal them - I then desired my man to go on shore, while I hired a boat, and went round in his rear to secure him - I got round without his perceiving me - he was in his own boat - I told him he had got stolen fish there; he said he had not; my man got into his boat, and under the boards we found sixteen Dutch plaice and two maids; he said he would not be taken out of his boat, but we secured him; he surrendered quietly; the fish belonged to Mr. Spashett.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Was the boat Hero there? A. That is the boat he took the fish from - I never knew him in Mr. Hall's employ; they have 1s. for carrying the fish from the boat - I never knew any fish given to them besides.

MICHAEL DUENE . I am in Mr. Goldham's employ. I saw the prisoner coming on shore with fish in his own wherry; when he delivered the fish he kept part back in his wherry; he sheered up from the stairs, and went to another fish-boat, which I believe is called the Hero - he took two maids and put them into his own boat. Mr. Goldham went to him, and said, "You have got some fish there;" he said he had not - I took up the boards and found the fish under them; they could not have dropped through there by accident; he then said he would not be taken out of his own boat.

Cross-examined. Q. Do not you know him very well? A. I have seen him about for four months - I carry a few fish when master tells me - I take the condemned fish.

Q. Do not you take a few when you think you are badly paid? A. No.

CHARLES WEABE . I am a constable. I took the prisoner in charge with sixteen plaice and two maids; he told me the fishermen had given them to him.

JACOB SPASHETT . The Hero is my boat. I have partners - I did not see the prisoner till about eight o'clock on this morning; these plaice would have sold for about 6s., and the maids for 1s. - I had not given them to him, nor was he employed to land any fish from our boat - I paid another man 12s. to shore them.

Q. Do not persons you employ hire others to help them? A. We had three men; but he was neither of them; they sometimes employ others, but none were wanting.

Prisoner's Defence. I was hired by the waterman to bring the fish on shore for 1s.; the man on board said I was to have a bit of fish as well.

MR. GOLDHAM re-examined. I saw the waterman who brought Spashett's fish on shore give the prisoner 1s.; it is usual for them to get men to help them; he gave him the 1s. on board the Hero - I do not consider that the waterman was at all implicated.

GUILTY. Aged 18.

Recommended to Mercy . - Confined Six Months .

ROBERT JACKSON, ROBERT SMITH.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-11
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceTransportation

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1023. ROBERT JACKSON, alias EVANS , and ROBERT SMITH were indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of William Sykes , on the night of the 22d of April , and stealing 4 hats, value 1l.; six foraging caps, value 8s.; six bottles, value 1s.; six pints of wine, called champaigne, value 1l.; 196 yards of printed cotton, value 10l. 2s.; 48 yards of twilled cambric, value 48s., and 66 yards of striped florentine, value 3l. 5s. , his property.

WILLIAM SYKES. I keep the Old Catherine Wheel public-house, Bishopsgate ; this property was in my warehouse, which joins the dwelling-house, and is under the same roof. I am an inn-keeper. On the 21st of April, at a quarter past twelve o'clock at night, I saw my premises all secure - I was called by my servant at a quarter past six in the morning, it was then daylight - I found both my warehouse doors broken open by a crowbar; one warehouse is over the other; the packages were broken open, and part of the goods gone - I found the prisoners at St. Leonard's watch-house, about nine o'clock that morning - I saw some of the goods at the officer's house - I think I have seen one of the prisoners before - I have only one gate leading to the inn-yard; that was safe over night, but I found the small gate in the larger one had the locks picked.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Is the warehouse joined to the dwelling-house by any wall. A. It joins the dwelling-house, and is under the same roof; there is a covered way from one to the other.

GILES BOLLEN . I am a watchman. On the 22d of April, about a quarter to five o'clock in the morning, I

was in Crown-street, Finsbury, and saw two men standing in a door-way, one with a livery coat on, the other had a hat tied up in a handkerchief - it was broad daylight; they were about the eighth of a mile from Mr. Sykes'; while my back was turned they shifted across the street into another door-way; while I was ringing at a public-house to call some people up, a man passed, looked at the two men, and then looked at me - I thought all was not right, and was going to challenge them, when a private patrol in the same street got out of his box, and started them; they moved off, and as I went towards them I saw a piece of linen drop from under the coat of the man in the livery coat; that man went up Clifton-street, and got away - I followed the other, who was the prisoner Smith; he was caught, and given into my custody - I lost sight of him three or four times, merely as he turned the corners; but am sure I caught sight of the same person, and that he is the man - I saw him throw a hat down, which was tied up in a silk handkerchief; it was the same as I had seen him with in the door-way - I do not know that I have seen the man who was in his company since - I saw him make a blow at Holden, who pursued him - I also saw him drop a bottle which had some liquor in it.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Were you the first person who pursued? A. Yes; persons who were before me joined in the pursuit, after I gave the alarm - I had a great coat on, and had been up all night, and was tired - Holden ran faster than me.

Prisoner SMITH. Q. Did you not see the man in the livery coat give me the hat. wrapped up in the handkerchief? A. No - I saw him pull the coat off, and the linen dropped; my brother watchman took up the coat and linen.

COURT. Q. Did you see Jackson? A. I saw him a little before five o'clock the same morning, standing at the corner of the City-road, just out of Finsbury-square - I was without my watchman's coat, and saw him look at me, and walk away - I then went after him, and called Stop thief! - I lost sight of him for about a minute; but am certain he is the person; he was taken by a watchman of St. Luke's; I saw a hat drop off his head; it appeared never to have been worn before.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. How far is Mr. Sykes' house from Finsbury-square? A. I cannot exactly tell; the hat which fell from him appeared the same as the others found; they all three appeared hats of one sort and east; I believe nothing was found on his person.

THOMAS DEAKIN . I am a watchman of Shoreditch; my beat extends to Crown-street. I heard a rattle spring just before five o'clock - I ran down Crown-street, and saw a piece of linen in the road in Clifton-street - I picked it up, and took it to the watch house.

RICHARD MAYNARD . I am warehouseman to Messrs. Hodson and Lake, Manchester warehousemen, Cheapside. On the 20th April they sent a bale of goods to the Catherine Wheel - I directed them myself, to William Laing of Thetford, and packed them up myself; they were twilled cambric stripes and florentines - I saw a piece of striped florentine at the Mansion-house afterwards; here it is - there are thirty-two yards of it; it is worth about 34s. - I am sure it is part of what I packed; (looking at the invoice) I know this is what I put into the package; it is in our clerk's hand-writing.

Cross-examined. Q. How do you know the florentine? A. The length is on it, in my hand-writing; it is the only piece I have marked since I have been in the house.

WILLIAM SYKES re-examined. I have the package at home; it is directed to Laing of Thetford; the invoice produced was left in the package, with one piece of florentine.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Have you any other partner? A. No, not as an inn-keeper; they were sent to me as an innkeeper - I cannot say whether this package would have gone by any of my conveyances - I have a partner in my carriage-business; my house is not half a mile from Finsbury-square.

SAMUEL BRAGG . I am warehouseman to Mr. Cooper, a hat-manufacturer. I sent a package of hats to the Catherine Wheel, to go to Littleport, and believe I assisted in packing them - I saw three hats at the Mansion-house, which I believe to be part of them; they are from 5s. 3d. to 5s. 9d. each.

Cross-examined. Q. You believe you assisted in packing them? A. I am sure of it; we have made a great many of this sort - I cannot tell how many have been sold; we never sell any single ones, and sell none in London; we might have sold 5 or 600, but they all went into the country; no doubt there are 1000 of the same quality in London, but these are our manufacture.

JOHN HARMAN . I am a watchman of Tabernacle-row. On Sunday morning, the 22d of April, about five o'clock, there was a cry of Stop thief! raised by two men down the City-road - I saw Jackson run down the road at full speed, pursued by two men - I crossed over the road - he made a blow at me, and he crossed the road - I finally secured him, without losing sight of him; he threatened to ill use me - I shook him a little, and this new hat fell off his head; a watchman picked it up, and delivered it to Tickner at the watch-house.

Cross-examined. Q. Where did you catch him? A. In Tabernacle-row - I found no hat, but the one he wore; Deakin came up in about two minutes.

JONATHAN LOVETT . I am a watchman of Long-alley, Sun-street. On Sunday morning, the 22d of May, about four o'clock, I saw the prisoner Jackson, alone, coming up Long-alley: he passed me as I sat in my box - I thought he seemed rather intoxicated; in about a quarter of an hour after that I heard a rattle spring, at the corner of Clifton-street - I went to the spot, and saw this piece of print lay on the pavement; I left it in charge of the watchman, and went in pursuit - I turned back, came down Long-alley again, and saw Smith coming up Long-alley, in the custody of Bollen and another man; I went with him to the watch-house, pulled off my coat, and went in pursuit of another, and in the City-road I saw Jackson running - I called to another watchman to stop him; one tried to stop him at the corner of Featherstone-street, but he crossed over, and got down Tabernacle-row; he was secured; he had a hat on then, but it fell of several times on the way to the watch-house; it was delivered to Tickner - I did not observe whether it fitted him.

Cross-examined. Q. How did it happen to fall off?

A. Through scuffling with the watchman - I saw nobody else running when Smith was in custody; it might be twelve minutes before I went to look after the other person: Jackson was running when I caught sight of him.

WILLIAM TICKNER . I am constable of the night; Smith was brought to the watch-house, about a quarter past five o'clock, with a hat - I do not know whether it was tied up or loose; he had no hat on when he was first brought in, that I recollect; a hat was brought in tied up - Jackson was brought in about a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes, and another hat delivered to me - I did not notice whether he had one on; I have three hats which were delivered to me at the watch-house; they are all new - I have had them ever since.

Prisoner SMITH. Q. How many hats were brought to the watch-house before Jackson was brought in? A. I do not know whether it was one or two - I am sure three were not brought in before Jackson.

Cross-examined. Q. Did any body bring in an old hat, which they said fitted Jackson? A. No old hat was brought to me.

SAMUEL BRAGG re-examined. These are the hats I saw at the watch-house, and the same sort which were packed by me; one is rather soiled, as if it had been on a head.

Cross-examined. Q. One is rather soiled? A. Yes; wearing it a very short time would do that - I have no private mark on them.

THOMAS SAPWELL . I am a constable. On Sunday morning, the 22d, between six and seven o'clock, I was fetched to Mr. Sykes' premises; I found two locks broken open, and one picked; and in the top warehouse I found a taper, two old hats, and an old cap left behind; they have all been a good deal worn; one hat is torn; an old umbrella was found in the yard, which nobody claimed - I have not fitted the hats on any body.

JACKSON'S Defence. I was in the City-road about four o'clock in the morning, going home rather intoxicated, three or four watchmen laid hold of me: a young man collared me, and beat me with a stick, but I never resisted; he took up a hat in the watch-house, and said, "Does this belong to you?" I said, No; there were three hats there.

SMITH'S Defence. A man gave me the things at the corner of Clifton-street, and said, he would pay me for carrying them; the watchman saw him give them to me.

JACKSON - GUILTY. Aged 21.

SMITH - GUILTY. Aged 16.

Of stealing to the value of 39s. only, but not of burglary .

Transported for Seven Years .

JOHN HASWELL.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-12
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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SECOND DAY. FRIDAY, JUNE 1.

Second Middlesex Jury - Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

1024. JOHN HASWELL was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Thompson , about seven o'clock in the forenoon of the 14th of April , at St. Mary, Islington (the said John Thompson, and others being therein), and stealing 1 watch, value 10l.; 1 seal, value 1l., and 1 watch-key, value 19s. , the goods of the said John Thompson.

JOHN THOMPSON. I live at No. 12, Portland-place, New North-road, in the parish of St. Mary, Islington . On the 14th of April, between six and seven o'clock in the morning, I was at home, and up; my wife, children, and servant were in the house - I heard the bell ring; I looked out, and saw two persons, dressed as sweeps, but cannot say whether the prisoner is either of them: a watch was lost, which I could not replace for less than 15l.

ELIZABETH BAKER . I am servant to Mr. Thompson. On the 14th of April, between six and seven o'clock in the morning, the sweeps rang at the bell - I did not expect them, and they were strangers; I opened the street door to them; the prisoner was one of them I am certain - they were both dressed as sweeps; his companion said he was desired to call and sweep a flue, which leads from the oven into the kitchen chimney, which the boy had forgotten to sweep six weeks ago when they swept the chimney; I said I was sure he was mistaken; he said, No, his master had desired him to come - I said, "Who is your master?" he said, "Mr. Shipley of Broad-yard" - I let his companion in; he came down into the kitchen, and began to sweep the flue; the prisoner did not come in with him, but walked down the street; about five minutes after the prisoner came up the steps, and knocked at the door - I went up to the door, leaving his companion sweeping the flue in the kitchen; the prisoner came down stairs: the other said, "Here Jack, take the brush and sweep;" he did so, and the other took up the soot, and then said,"Now, will you be so kind as to let us out?" the other put the soot into the yard, and went up-stairs before me; I followed him, and the prisoner followed behind me - I had left him in the kitchen; he followed me directly, but when he got to the kitchen door he closed it - I had got out, and he being inside, I turned back, saying, "What do you mean by this?" and pushed the door open; he said, "Nothing, Ma'am;" it must have been done on purpose - I immediately said, "Please to deliver up the silver spoon, which you have taken off that dresser." as I missed it; he looked at me, and without saying a word, delivered the spoon from his bosom; the other came down stairs, and said, "What is the matter?" I said,"Why this fellow has taken a spoon off the dresser;" he said, "Jack, you ought to be ashamed of yourself; don't you know better, you may rely on it, I shall tell your master" - I said, "You need not trouble yourself, I will do that;" I then let them both out of the house, and when they had been gone about five minutes, my master asked me what the time was - I went down into the kitchen, and missed the watch, which hung over the dresser just before they came in - I had hung it there that morning; it was mistress', and has never been found; one of them must have taken it: it was worth full 10l. - I told master I had let the sweeps in, and instantly went to Mr. Shipley - the prisoner was brought to me on the 22d - I had described his person to the officer - I swear positively he is the man who had the spoon - I should not have let them in if I had not believed they came from Shipley.

EDWARD SHIPLEY . I am a chimney-sweep, and live at Islington. I know nothing of the prisoner, and never sent him to Mr. Thompson.

THOMAS JEFFERY . On the 14th of April, I was near Portland-place, twelve doors from Mr. Thompson's, and

saw two sweeps run down the road from the house - I believe the prisoner to be one of them.

SARAH LANGLEY . I live at No. 15, Portland-place. On the 14th of April, between six and seven o'clock in the morning, the prisoner came to my house, dressed as a sweep; he rang the bell, and said he was ordered to come to sweep the flue - I told him it was a mistake; he said it was not, but I would not let him in, and he went to Mr. Thompson's - I am sure he is the man.

WILLIAM PIZEY . I am an officer. I apprehended the prisoner on the 22d of April, at the corner of Frying-pan-alley, Turnmill-street - Baker had described him to me, and identified him immediately she saw him.

Prisoner's Defence. She stated before, that I was the lad who went to the house first, and was there ten minutes before the other came, and she took the spoon out of his bosom.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 20.

IPHIGENER MORSE.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-13
VerdictNot Guilty

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Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

1025. IPHIGENER MORSE was indicted for the wilful murder of Jeremiah Murphy , by administering to him one drachm of arsenic, in a pint of beer .

On the examination of Mr. Samuel Byles , surgeon, of Spitalfields, who had opened the body of the deceased, he stated, that he found it in a very high state of putrefaction; that he had applied a variety of tests to the contents of the stomach, but was unable to discover that there had been any mineral poison there; he was unable to decide whether the death had been caused by discase, accident or poison. - The Court consequently declined examining the other witnesses.

NOT GUILTY .

WILLIAM SHEEN.
31st May 1827
Reference Numbert18270531-14
VerdictNot Guilty > fault

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1026. WILLIAM SHEEN , THE YOUNGER, was indicted for the wilful murder of Charles William Beadle .

The prisoner was also charged, on the Coroner's Inquisition, for the wilful murder of Charles William Sheen.

MESSRS. ANDREWS and BRODRICK conducted the prosecution.

JOSEPH CORDEROY . On Thursday, the 10th of May , I was in company with the prisoner, at Mr. Collins', the King of Prussia public-house, in Blue Anchor-yard, Rosemary-lane - we were playing at skittles there; he was in a very good humour; he was the worse for liquor; he had been drinking in my company for three hours - he drank nothing but porter - I cannot say how much, but suppose we had six or seven pots between four of us; about half-past five o'clock his wife came for him, and wished him to go home - I had seen her once before - he was in a very good humour; they went directly, and I went with them to their house, which is in a court in Lambeth-street, close to the Police-office - I was never there before; it is a small room up-stairs, with a bed in it; he said he had worked three days for his father, and instead of giving him 12s., he had only given him 7s. 6d.; he said he would shew me a paper of his marriage; he appeared in a very good humour; his wife was in the room all the time that I was there; his boy was in her arms alive and well - I did not observe whether he took any notice of the child - I went away in about a quarter of an hour, of my own accord; he did not ask me to go away - I did not observe any appearances of ill humour between him and his wife while I was there; she had the child in her arms. He had a drab fustian coat on, and a white hat - I did not notice whether his shirt was clean - I observed nothing particular about his linen; his coat was in the shape of a shooting jacket - I left him and his wife in the room together, at a quarter of an hour before six o'clock- I saw nothing more of him.

SARAH POMEROY . I am landlady of the house where the prisoner and his wife lodged; it is No. 2, Christopher's-alley, Lambeth-street, Whitechapel ; they have lodged there about two months - I was at home on Thursday, the 10th of May, and at half-past seven o'clock in the evening, the prisoner's wife came to me, and in consequence of what she said, I went up to the top room, which is theirs, and as soon as I entered the door I saw a child's head on the table; it stood up, its neck being on the table; it was separated from the body: whether it was bleeding or not I do not know, for I ran immediately away to the office for assistance - I left nobody in the room - I ran away, and the mother, who had gone up with me, followed: we went to the Police-office, which is but three doors of - I got the assistance of Dalton the officer, who came with me; he went up stairs first, I followed into the room; the child's head lay on the table, in the same position as before; it had not been moved - I did not examine the head, I was too frightened: there was blood on the table; the floor was covered with blood - I saw Dalton find the body of the child on the foot of the bed, laying across, covered with a counterpane; it had on a little blue bed-gown - I just saw the neck, which was all over blood, and the head off - I knew the child when living; it was a male, about four months old - I have seen Mrs. Sheen suckle it as her child - I have no doubt that was the body of the same child; the head was bald - I cannot say whether there was any mark on it - I did not see the prisoner all that evening.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. They had lived with you about two months? A. Yes; I never heard any quarrelling between them.

EBENEZER DALTON . I am an officer of Lambeth-street. On Thursday the 10th of May, about half-past seven o'clock, Mrs. Pomeroy came to the office; in consequence of what she said, I went to her house, to a room up two pairs of stairs, and on entering the room I saw the child's head on th