|THE LINCOLN, RUTLAND & STAMFORD MERCURY|
March 9 & 10, before the Hon.Justice Holroyd
... the Court was adjourned until nine o'clock Saturday, when JOHN CULPIN was indicted for breaking open the shop of Ann Beeston, of Edithweston, and stealing therefrom a quantity of neck and pocket handkerchiefs, flannel, Irish cloth, prints, tea, sugar, gingham, &c., her property. Ann Beeston deposed to the loss of the articles at the time specified, that her doors and windows were fast when she went to bed at 11 in the evening of the 12th of December last; but in the morning a hole had been made through the wall, and the stolen articles were missing. The shop adjoined the house, with which it communicated by a door.
William Hibbert, servant to Mr. Lucas, a clergyman at Edithweston whose house is 30 or 40 yards from Mrs. Beeston?s, went to Mr. Lucas's waggon hovel on the 14th December to fetch some sheep-skins which were on a beam under the roof. As witness threw the skins down, he saw a sack and two hats; he did not meddle with them; had heard of Mrs. Beeston's shop being robbed, he went to her, and returned in about an hour to the hovel. Witness knows prisoner; did not see him on his return; an empty skep had been laid over the things on witness's return, which was not there before. In half an hour witness took the things to Mrs. Beeston's, by order of Capt. Orme and Mr. Bonney.
William Baines, also servant to Mr. Lucas, went on the 14th Dec. to the waggon hovel, for some bones. Prisoner followed witness to the hovel, and on witness' telling him he was going to look for bones, prisoner said he would get up and look; he did so, and witness heard a lumber whilst he was up, as if he moved something. On further examination by the jury, witness stated that prisoner was not going to the hovel before he saw witness go; and seemed to push himself forward to look for the bones.
William Preston, a constable, deposed to the apprehension of the prisoner, and identified several articles of the stolen property, which were produced in court, as being taken from prisoner's house the day it was searched. Ann Beeston and Mrs. Thorp deposed to the same effect; and the jury examined certain of the articles to find the similarity between those found at the prisoner's house and those found in the hovel.
The Rev. R. Lucas corroborated the testimony of several former witnesses, and added that when he saw the prisoner in the gaol, he voluntarily confessed that he had committed the robbery alone, and informed Mr. L. that he had used a colter from one of his (Mr. L.'s) ploughs to open the wall. The prisoner had nothing to say in his defence. The judge summed up the evidence, and remarked that the property being found on the prisoner was prima facie evidence against him, and his own voluntary declaration confirmed it. The jury found the prisoner guilty, and sentence of death was recorded.
- TICKETS OF LEAVE:
John Culpin, b. 1776 Rutlandshire; Certificate date: 31 May 1841; Arrived: 1828 on Florentia; discharged NSW, orderly temper & disposition good. 
- PRISON HULK REGISTERS:
John Culpin, Justitia, b. abt 1775, date rec'd 22 May 1827, moored Woolwich, convicted 9 March 1827 Oakham, age 52, housebreaking, 14yrs, transported 4 August 1827. 
- NSW, CONVICT INDENTS:
Florentia, from England. John Culpin, age 52; education: none; religion: protest(ant); Married; family: 6 do?; Native place: Rutlandshire; trade or calling: farmer servt; offence: breaking shop; where tried: Rutlandshire; when tried: March 11; sentence: 14; termed conviction: ?, 5; height: 5'0"; complexion: dark sallow; eyes: blue; hair: black/grey; how disposed of, and remarks: Australian Agricultural Co,.