10th May 1780
Reference Numbert17800510-50
VerdictNot Guilty

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280. ANN LAWLESS was indicted for stealing a two-guinea piece , the property of John Gattos , April 11th .


I am in the wine and brandy trade . On the 11th of April as I was going along St. Martin's-lane, at about a quarter before ten at night, I met a young woman, and we went together to the Star and Garter tavern

Cecil-court , to have a glass of wine, and a bees-steak for supper. Just as the supper came up, the prisoner came in; the other said she hoped I would excuse her; that she was a friend of her's come to eat a bit of supper. I said it was nothing to me. When the things were all taken away but the cloth, this woman got up and fastened the door. I said there should be no door fastened there, and immediately got up and unbolted it and rang for the waiter. I had a good deal of money in my pocket, and shutting the door rather alarmed me. When the waiter came I asked him what I had to pay. I told him I had no money in my pocket, but a two guinea piece, that he must keep that for the reckoning till I came again. I held it in my hand; the waiter went back to see what I had to pay; and while he was gone the prisoner got up and snatched it out of my hand; I rang for the waiter; he was on the stairs; he came back immediately. I told him the prisoner had stolen the two-guinea piece from me. The other woman sat by the chimney. The prisoner began to blast and swear, and box the waiter. The waiter went and got a constable, and she was taken to the round-house. She was searched in the round-house, but nothing found upon her.

Why was not she searched in the room? - I suppose the constable forgot it. I was afraid of her. She swore she would swear my life away if I touched her.

( John Ash , the waiter, confirmed the prosecutor's testimony.)


The prosecutor met me and the other young woman in Leicester-fields; he touched her on the shoulder, and they went together to the Star and Garter in Cecil-court. She came down stairs and desired me to come up. He ordered a supper and after supper, he called the waiter to bring his bill, and said he had no money, but if he would give him a direction where to call for it, he would leave his watch. If he had had a two-guinea piece; he would not have talked of leaving his watch. He stopped me and said I had taken the two-guinea piece. And he let the other woman go.

Prosecutor. In the scuffle the other woman ran away. I meant to secure both.


Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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