11th January 1804
Reference Numbert18040111-59
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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119. SUSANNAH HARRIS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2d of December , a cloak, value 5 l. a table-cloth, value 5 s. two gowns, value 1 l. a shift, value 5 s. three silver table-spoons, value 2 l. three silver tea-spoons, value 7 s. and a salt-spoon, value 1 s. the property of Elizabeth Spencer , spinster , in the dwelling-house of Ann Hopkins .

ELIZABETH SPENCER sworn. - Q. Where do you live? - A. In Charles-street, Middlesex Hospital .

Q. Are you married or single? - A. Single.

Q. Do you live in a house of your own, or do you lodge there? - I lodge in the house of Mary Hopkins .

Q. Are you sure her name is Mary? - A. Yes: the prisoner lived servant with me, she had only been with me two days: On the 2d of December, in the morning, she absconded between four and five o'clock; when I got up, I missed a black velvet cloak, a table-cloth, three table-spoons, two cotton gowns, a silver salt-spoon, and a shift; I have seen them since at Bow-street.

JOHN BANNISTER sworn. - I am servant to Mr. George Lane, pawnbroker, No. 185, Holborn, (produces a cloak and two gowns;) I received them in pledge from the prisoner on the 2d of December, in the morning, about eight or nine o'clock.

WILLIAM ATKINS sworn. - I am an officer belonging to Bow-street; I apprehended the prisoner in an apartment in King-street, where I found this gown, (produces it,) and a duplicate of three silver table-spoons, three tea-spoons, and one salt-spoon, pledged with Mr. Lane, in Holborn.

(The property was identified by the prosecutrix.)

Prisoner's defence. The night before my mistress called me into her bed-room, and said, she was to have a gentleman to sleep with her that night; she said, she had a bill to make up in the morning, and the gentleman would not give her any more than two guineas, and desired me to pledge these things, which I did accordingly; and I went to see a fire in my way back, lost part of the money, and I was afraid to go home.

Q. (To Spencer.) Did you give the prisoner any authority to pawn these things? - A. I did not; all that she says is false.

GUILTY, aged 27.

Of stealing the goods, but not in the dwelling-house .

Confined twelve months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

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