21st February 1810
Reference Numbert18100221-9
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceMiscellaneous > fine; Imprisonment > house of correction

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157. SARAH BOND was indicted, for feloniously stealing, on the 12th of February , a pellise, value 16 s. three pair of stockings, value 3 s. two tippets, value 5 s. a bonnet value 3 s. three petticoats, value 6 s. a lace tucker, value 1 s. four gowns, value 1 l. a waistcoat, value 1 s. three shirts, value 3 s. three shifts, value 3 s. four caps, value 6 s. six hankerchiefs, value 3 s. two aprons, value 1 s. a hat and feather, value 1 s. and a straw hat, value 3 s. the property of Sarah Anderson , spinster , in her dwelling house .

SARAH ANDERSON . I live at the bottom of Butcher-row, at a place they call the dark entry, Wapping ; I keep a house there, I do not know the name of the parish. The prisoner was with me as a servant about a fortnight. On the 12th of February, about seven o'clock in the evening, I went out, and left the prisoner at home to mind the house; I returned about half an hour afterwards.

Q. When you returned did you find your door open. - A. No, it was locked and bolted, I knocked at the door a long time, I thought she was asleep. I went to a neighbour's house and borrowed a key and unlocked it. I found it was bolted, I got a man to put a young man over the door, he got inside and unbolted the door; there is an opening over the door, so that any person could get in; he opened the door, and I went in, I found the key in the drawer where I had left it, and the prisoner was gone, the fire was out, and there was a light on the table. I went up stairs and took the man and the boy with me, and several more people. I found some pieces belonging to my gowns, and an apron that were at the bottom of my chest on the bed. I searched the chest, I found there was nothing left in it, the chest had been broken open; I missed all the things in the indictment; they were all taken out of the house.

Q. How soon before this had you seen them. - A. I believe it was the day before that I went up stairs, I went to get something out, I saw them all safe in the chest. From information, I went over Tower-hill in search of the prisoner, and in Barking church-yard I found her, she was standing against a door, she pulled a girl upon her to hide herself from me; I knew her by my pellise that she had on, and a gown, cap, and tippet; I catched hold of her and holloed out, watch, he came directly; she had got a large bundle with her. Follingwood, the watchman, took her to the watchhouse and the bundle with her; the things are all here.

JOHN FOLLINGWOOD . Q. You apprehended the prisoner in Barking church-yard. - A. Yes; she had a large bundle with her, it is here; the bundle was brought to the watchhouse by a man that stood by. The constable of the night took the property, it is the same bundle that the prisoner had in Barking church-yard. Sarah Anderson identified it to be her property.

SAMUEL WRIGHT . Q. You were the constable of the night - A. I was, the property was delivered to me.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I hope you will be as lenient as you can, my Prosecutrix is a very bad character, she lives entirely by prostitution and debauching young women.

GUILTY, aged 33.

Of stealing to the value of 39 s. only .

Fined 1 s. and confined One Year in the House of Correction .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Wood.

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