31st May 1786
Reference Numbert17860531-34
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction

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494. ELIZABETH CONNELLY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 13th day of March last, one cloth coat, value 30 s. the property of Owen Jones .


I live in Rosemary-lane, No. 3 ; I lost my coat out of my room the 13th of March, about seven in the afternoon, when I came from work; I saw it there in the morning, when I came home to breakfast; I put it into my box with my own hands; I found it afterwards in Mr. Madden's house, who keeps a clothes shop; I know my coat, I never wore it, it was only fitted upon me; there is a different button underneath the flap to what there is on the breast.

(The coat produced by Whiteway, and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Jones. The prisoner lived in the house with me, in the next room; she was taken the Saturday following; the morning after I brought this coat from the taylor's, the prisoner came in, and saw the coat, and said she liked it, because it was not made in a flashy manner; my window was broke, and three panes of glass broke, and the frame broke so as to let any person through.


I am shopman to Mr. Madden in Rosemary-lane; I do not know the woman at all; I came to prove buying the coat of Mrs. Dunn, who attended yesterday, but now, I believe, is in labour; she deals in old clothes.


I am an officer; I had a search warrant, and went to the house of Mr. Madden, an old clothes man in Rosemary-lane, and there I found this coat; it has been in my possession ever since.


The man that brought me the coat is an acquaintance of Mrs. Jones, the prosecutor's wife, she sent him in one night when I was very busy, for fear I should see him, with five pair of silk stockings; on the 14th of March, after Mrs. Jones went out, they were drinking all day, on the Wednesday, he asked me to go and make him a little money on that coat; he went to the Magpye, and bid me ask twelve shillings, and that he lent half guinea; and I gave him the half-guinea and the duplicate; John Taylor is his name; I used to wash for him, while the prosecutor's wife was in New Prison, for stealing pots; I carried it to Mrs. Dunn, who is a very honest woman.


To be imprisoned six months in the House of Correction .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. ROSE.

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