MARY WATTS.
27th October 1790
Reference Numbert17901027-46
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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734. MARY WATTS was indicted for stealing, on the 22d of September last, a silver watch, value 42 s. a box, inlaid with silver, value 3 s. a cotton handkerchief, value 6 d. and seven shillings in monies , the property of William Green .

WILLIAM GREEN sworn.

I am a gun-smith . On the 22d of September, in the middle of the night, from half past eleven, till six in the morning, I lost a watch and seven shillings; it was taken out of my breeches pocket in a room: I met with the prisoner and another in Hemmings's-row ; they asked me to give them something to drink; I went to Watts's room, and went to bed; I got up at six, and she was gone and my property; I was not drunk; there was another girl in the room; we were all three in the same bed; I found my watch again the next day but one, at a pawn-broker's in Bow-street, when I took up the prisoner coming out of the pawnbroker's door; I knew her again; an officer who was with me searched her.

WILLIAM SANSOM sworn.

On the 23d of September, the prisoner brought this watch to me; I took it in; she said it was her husband's property; I lent her a guinea on it; on the 24th she came to pledge an apron, and was seized as soon as she went out of the house; I am sure of the prisoner.

(The watch deposed to.)

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I lodge at Mrs. Bristowe's; this gentleman came with two women, and enquired for a bed, said he had no money, and desired to pledge his watch for a trifle of money to give them; I lighted them up stairs, and left the door open, by their desire; in the morning I pawned the watch, by the woman's desire, for a guinea; and two days afterwards this gentleman took me up, as I went to pledge an apron; I never was no further in his company, than shewing him up to his bed.

Court to Green. Is that true? - It is not; I did not pledge the watch; she was one of the women that was in bed with me; and the door was bolted.

GUILTY .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .


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