CHRISTIAN PAGE.
10th April 1782
Reference Numbert17820410-69
VerdictNot Guilty

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239. CHRISTIAN PAGE was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of June last, one piece of gold coin, called a guinea, value 21 s. the money of Jane Turner .

Jane Turner deposed, she lived at Marybone , at a Mr. Beddow's, a shoe-maker, that she lost an apron, which the prisoner took and pawned, and told her of it, and asked for a shilling to fetch it out, said she would not let her go with her to the pawn-broker's, she put her hand in her pocket to get the shilling, and pulled out only a sixpence and a guinea, and the prisoner pushed her down and took the guinea away from her, that she kept hold of the prisoner sometime, the people round said she had it in her mouth, they thought, by her speaking; the prisoner got away, and was taken about a fortnight after.

Prisoner. She was very much in liquor. Did not you ask for a glass of brandy?

Cross-Examination.

Were you in liquor? - I was not in liquor, that was in the morning; it was at night, at eight o'clock, she stole the guinea.

Edward Jones . Knew nothing of the robbery, but saw both the prisoner and prosecutrix together come to his house, that Mrs. Turner was not in liquor then.

Prisoner. I went to that gentleman's house in the morning to look for an acquaintance, the woman was there drinking, and asked me if I would drink part of a pint of purl, she said with all my heart, the gentleman would not give her a glass of brandy.

To Jones. Is that true? - It is true I would not serve her, but that was in the morning; she had rather more liquor than she should have, they were squabbling about an apron.

Was she sober at night? - She might go home and get sober.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

She sent me for some pork stakes, I left her at the King-and Queen, with two or three women there, and never saw her afterwards.

What do you say to what Jones says, that you were squabbling about an apron?

Prisoner. I was going home, I had a warrant served on me, I was in New-Prison the whole while, and I could not use this man's house; when I was in trouble he sent for this woman to come against me about her guinea.

ACQUITTED .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron EYRE .


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