Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 03 March 2015), October 1861, trial of CAROLINE SMITH. (17) (t18611021-898).

CAROLINE SMITH, Theft > housebreaking, 21st October 1861.

898. CAROLINE SMITH. (17) , Breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Forsbury, and stealing therein 2 gowns, 2 waistcoats, 3 pinafores, 1 handkerchief, a petticoat, and a mantle, his property.

MR. WA. conducted the Prosecution.

ANN FORSBURY . I am the wife of James Forsbury, of 5, St Georges-terrace, Ebury-bridge, Pimlico—on 14th September, I locked my room-door—I have two parlours; one room goes into the other; there is only one door that I can lock—I left the parlour, and locked the door—I went down to the kitchen, and was there for half an hour—when I came up, my parlour door was unlocked—I found all my things gone, and my door left open—my things had been in a box in the bedroom—I missed two gowns, a white petticoat, a white pocket-handkerchief, two little waistcoats, a pair of cord trousers, three little tunics, and a black silk mantle—I do not know the prisoner.

ELIZABETH CLARK . I am the wife of John Clark, and live in the same house an the last witness,—on 14th September, I saw the prisoner about half-past 1 o'clock at the front door—she came and gave one knock—she asked for Mrs. Clark—I said, "Which Mrs. Clark do you want? there are two live in the house, but I believe the other Mrs. Clark is out"—she said, "It does not signify; will you let me stop here out of the rain?—I live in the kitchen—I went down stairs, and left her at the door—I saw the last witness in the back kitchen—the prisoner had no bundle or anything when she came to the door.

SAMUEL HOWARD . I live in the same house as the two last witnesses—I saw the prisoner on 14th September from about a quarter to half-past I—I first saw her walking past the house—I saw her two or three times passing the house—she had no bundle then—at last I saw her leaving the house with a bundle.

WILLIAM SMITH . (Policeman. L. 55). I took the prisoner on the 12th of this month, on another charge—I found on her this key (produced,) which exactly fits the prosecutrix's door.

COURT Q. It is a very common key is it not? A. Rather—I do not think it would fit five hundred doors in that neighbourhood—I tried it, and found it fit—it unlocks and locks Mrs. Forsbury's door just as well as the proper key—she gave her address, 15, Orchard-street, Westminster, which I found to be false—I found that she lives at 3, Wood's buildings, Chelsea—she said that the other girl that was with her, picked those keys up in the park.

Prisoner's Defence. I was with the other girl, and we picked up the keys and a sixpence in the park. I am innocent, and know nothing about it After I was remanded for a week, the Magistrate dismissed the case.

COURT. to. WILLIAM SMITH Q. Was the case dismissed? A. Yes; the only additional evidence I have against her now is the finding of the key.


There was another indictment against the prisoner.

Before Mr. Recorder.