14th September 1785
Reference Numbert17850914-95
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceCorporal > private whipping; Imprisonment > hard labour

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815. SARAH COOPER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 27th day of July , one watch, with the inside and outside cases made of silver, value 20 s. a string, value 1 d. a piece of a silver seal, value 2 d. and a key, value 1 d. the property of John Craig , privily from his person .


On the 27th of July, about half past twelve at night, I was coming from the Strand , and the prisoner came up to me, and wanted me to go to Westminster with her, and I went into a little alley; she stopped me, and as I was coming out she asked me again to go with her, I told told her I could not go with her, and she laid hold of me, and hawled me, and when I parted with her, I found my pockets turned inside out, and I missed my watch directly; then I ran back and took hold of her, and asked her to give me my watch, and she began swearing, and brought a great mob of people, and they all came round me; I called the watch, and the watch came and took her into custody, and searched her, and found the watch.

Where was your watch? - In my waistcoat pocket.

How came you to carry it there? - The glass of it was broke, and there were no hands upon it, so I had it in my waistcoat pocket, open; this is the very watch; I had it about a fortnight before, I am very sure of it; I know it by the condition it is in, without the glass, and no hands; I did not give her the watch.


I searched the prisoner, and found the watch in her pocket; she said she had the watch in her pocket, but she would not give it till she went to the watch-house; she said the man gave it her, but he denied it.


I had lately come out of the workhouse, and I was very distressed, I met this gentleman coming along the Strand, I asked him where he was going, he said home; I said, I wish you would give me something to drink, and I asked him for two shillings first, and he said he would give me two

shillings after I had obliged him, and he gave me the watch.

Court to Prosecutor. Was you perfectly sober? - I had been at the Whitehorse Inn, in Saint Martin's Lane; I was not in liquor; I never knew my watch was gone till I came out, and saw my pocket turned out; I was not above three minutes from the first time I saw her; when I was coming out of the Alley she met me, and laid hold of me, I told her I would not go with her, and she snatched it out of my pocket.

GUILTY, Of stealing, but not privately .

Privately whipped , and confined to six Months hard Labour in the House of Correction .

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