Burglary At Yeadon
Richard Harrison (20) was indicted for having
burglariously broken and entered the house of Wm. Dennison of Yeadon near Leeds
and stolen a silver watch, four silver teaspoons and other articles.
Mr Milner was counsel for the prosecution.
prosecutor is a clothier at Yeadon and on the night of 26th of March last his
family retired to bed about half past eleven o'clock having previously secured
all the doors and windows.
After two o'clock the son of the prosecutor, who was
in bed, was awoke by a person entering his bedroom door with a lighted candle
in his hand.
The young man jumped out of bed and the intruder, whom he swore was
the prisoner, whom he had known for some time, ran down the stairs immediately,
threw the candle down at the bottom of the stairs and ultimately affected
On instituting an examination it was
found that the house had been entered through the window and that the above
property mentioned had been taken away.
About eight o'clock foot-marks were
observed near the window in the ground, which was soft with rain.
foot-marks were traced to the prisoner's dwelling and on comparing his shoes
with the marks they corresponded exactly, even to the number of nail marks.
The Jury without hesitation found the
prisoner Guilty and his Lordship in ordering judgement of Death to be recorded
said that he would have to spend the remainder of his days in exile in a far
distant land, where he would be exposed to great hardship and privations and he
could assure him that if any violence had been committed on any member of the
prosecutor's family he would have paid the penalty with his life, for the full
sentence of the law would have been carried into effect.
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling
Further information by Christine Lovedale
From the early 1600s until the American War of independence
convicts had been transported to the American colonies, then in 1787 the first
fleet of ships left England bound for Australia carrying felons.
at Port Jackson (now Sydney) to found the first penal colony.
transportation of criminals officially came to an end in 1868, by then
approximately 164,000 people had been sent out to Australia on 806 ships.