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JAMES PARISH, theft: housebreaking, 15 Apr 1830

Second Middlesex Jury - Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

677. JAMES PARISH was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Henry Pitham, on the 10th of February, at South Mimms, and stealing therein 56lbs. of pork, value 1l. 15s.; 8lbs. of beef, value 4s. 8d.; 6 knives, value 3s.; 6 forks, value 3s.; 2 pairs of shoes, value 1l.; 1 coat value 8s.; 3 live tame pigeons, value 6s.; 1 hat, value 10s.; 1 handkerchief, value 2s., and 1 bag, value 1s., his property.

HENRY PITHAM. I am a farmer, and live at Bentley-heath, Middlesex, in the parish of South Mimms, it is my dwelling-house. On Thursday night, the 10th of February, I went to bed about nine o'clock; I heard the clock strike three, and heard a noise in the house - I got up and found a window broken open, which was secure when I went to bed; the wooden part of the cellar was forced open, and the bar taken down - a pane of glass was taken out, and the window opened; I did not get up till half-past five o'clock, and found it so then - I missed the articles stated in the indictment from two or three rooms- I saw the blood of the pigeons at the bottom of the stairs; I had heard a rustling noise in the night, and got up - I looked out of window; I thought it was the cats, and went to bed again - I heard it again, opened the window, and then heard no more noise; I found a red cap, which was not mine, left in the house - they had struck a light in the house, on the copper, for the matches were there; I never saw the prisoner before he was apprehended.

ANN LAWFORD. I have known the prisoner's friends thirty years. He was coming by my door one day - I cannot say how long ago it was; I was before the Magistrate in March, it was about a month before that, I think - it might be a fortnight; I bought an old coat of him for 6d., he offered to sell it to me - I knew he lived in North Mimms, which joins South Mimms; I gave the same coat to Langley, the constable of Barnet.

SAMUEL LANGLEY. I received a coat from Lawford, which I produce; another constable apprehended the prisoner on the 28th of February, and I took a pair of shoes off his feet - I have not got the red cap, whether it was left at the Magistrate's I do not know.

FRANCIS HOY. I am a labourer. I have known the prisoner two or three years; he asked me to swap hats with him, with I did, and gave him 1s. to boot, and was to give him 1s. 3d. more; this hat is what I had from him.

JOHN STEPHEN RACINE. I keep a public-house. I had the cap, but left it in the Magistrate's room. I have not seen it since - I knew it was the same cap as the prisoner had on his head when he was at my house; he lodged at my house for some time - I live in South Mimms about two miles from the prosecutor's; he was in the habit of wearing a red cap.

HENRY PITHAM. This is my coat, which I lost out of my house that night - the shoes taken off the prisoner's feet are mine, and the hat is mine.

Prisoner's Defence. I bought these things of a young chap.

[Friday, April 16.] GUILTY - DEATH. Aged 20.