12th September 1804
Reference Numbert18040912-57
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Corporal > private whipping

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486. CATHARINE FLINN and HANNAH CUMMINGS , alias FLINN , were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 27th of August , five yards of printed calico, value 10 s. the property of Alexander-Colville Johnstone .

WILLIAM SPRATWELL sworn. - I am shopman to Mr. Johnstone, linen-draper , at Nortonfalgate : On the 27th of August, between the hours of two and three o'clock, I saw the two prisoners and another girl in the shop; they were inquiring for an apron.

Q. What age are they? - A. They will not tell any thing, I believe; I repeatedly told them there was not any thing that would suit them; they hesitated for some moments, and then went away; I saw no more of them till Mr. Thomas's man came down with them and the print, and then I swore to the property; I perfectly well recollected that print had lain on the counter not above an hour before; the youngest one, Cummings, has given three names; we heard that the mother of them lived at the King's-bench; they said they lived at the bottom of Longbottom's-rents, the other side of the water; I believe they are about nine or ten years old; they were detected stealing all through the neighbourhood; a baker's wife said they had stole a loaf of bread from her shop.

THOMAS THOMAS sworn. - I am a linen-draper, at No. 25, Shoreditch; they came into my shop, and asked for a piece of print; I shewed them three or four pieces, and in turning round, I observed one of them conceal a piece of print under her frock.

Q. Which of them? - A. The eldest, Catharine Flinn ; I laid hold of her, and she let go the print; I then took her out to the passage, and found under her frock a piece of print concealed; I sent my young man down with it to different shops, and at last he found it was Mr. Johnstone's; they had been into my shop a week before, and we had lost a piece of print then.

JOHN RAY sworn. - I am an officer; I endeavoured to find out who the children belonged to; one of them said they lived in Longbottom's Rents, the other side of the water; I went there, they did not live there; I believe their right names is M'Oney. (The piece of print produced and identified.)

Flinn, GUILTY , aged 10.

Cummins, GUILTY , aged 8.

Confined six months in the House of Correction , and whipped in the jail .

Third Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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