MARY SMITH, Theft > pocketpicking, 22nd May 1822.

Reference Number: t18220522-33
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Imprisonment

799. MARY SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of May , four sovereigns, the property of William M'Lean , from his person .

WILLIAM M'Lean . I live in Guilford-street, Foundling Hospital. Last Saturday night I saw the prisoner at the end of Guilford-street ; she accosted me - I went down a court with her, I had not been two minutes with her, and turning to come away I put my hand in my pocket, and my four sovereigns were gone; they were safe not ten minutes before - she denied having them; a groom came by and said she had got them in her mouth - he took two sovereigns and 1 s. from her mouth. I had lost two or three shillings. Baker came up, and found the other two in her pocket. I was sober. I gave her no money.

JAMES BAKER . I am a watchman. She was given in my charge - I found two sovereigns and 1 s. in her pocket, which she said he gave to her. He was sober, and denied it.

Prisoner's Defence. He gave me the money, I thought it was silver, and when I found it was gold, I had not honesty enough to return it.

GUILTY . Aged 40.

Confined One Year .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Bayley.


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