Hannah Bell.
1st May 1717
Reference Numbert17170501-68
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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Hannah Bell , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously Stealing a Guinea, 11s. in mony, and a Silk Handkerchief, val 10 d the property of Thomas Dean , from the Person of John Smith , the 18th of April last. John Smith deposed, that he had been selling fish for his Master, and going along Newteners lane have about 8 a clock at night with a pipe in his Mouth, the prisoner snatch'd it away; and that he following her for his pipe; she took him by the hand and pulled him in a doors, and up stairs, where he said about a quarter of an hour, that the Prisoner called for a quarter of Geneva and a pennyworth of Tobacco, for which he paid; the money being in his Handkerchief in his pocket, That staying a little while after he missed his mony, and spying the Corner of the Handkerchief hang out of the prisoner's bosom; went to take it, and in the scuttle up comes a Soldier bullying him, saying, what had he to do with his Wife? Striking him with his Sword; that he thereup on fell down on his knees, begged them to give him his mony again or his Master would kill him; but they tumbled him down stairs and turn'd him out of doors. He was very positive the Prisoner was the person. However the Prisoner deny'd the Fact and brought a Tatterdemallion, who like Irish evidence, swore the prisoner was not the Woman came in with the Boy, but was abroad till the hearing the scuffle call'd her in, and that the Woman that robbed him went into the Yard and so got off. But the Jury could not believe her, but brought her in guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]


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