5th December 1810
Reference Numbert18101205-32
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction

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32. HANNAH HAMSDEN was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 12th of November , eleven pair of stockings, value 22 s. three waistcoats, value 7 s. eighteen handkerchiefs, value 28 s. a petticoat, value 2 s. three napkins, value 6 s. two pinafores, value 2 s. and a shirt, value 5 s. the property of Jame Devine , in the dwelling-house of Joseph Iredale .

MARY DEVINE . I am a laundress, the prisoner worked for me near two years. The prisoner was taken up on another charge, she sent for me to give her a character, there had been some tickets found upon her, they were mentioned, and I had lost things repeatedly. I went to the pawnbroker's, and the things are here, they are all things that I had to wash.

WILLIAM JEPSON . I am a pawnbroker. In May I took in a waistcoat and handkerchief, 11th of July, three handkerchiefs, two handkerchiefs in March, and a handkerchief in October, two pair of stockings in September, and another handkerchief in November, the prisoner pawned them.

WILLIAM KING . I am shopman to Mr. Tale, pawnbroker, I know the prisoner, she pawned several articles from January up to the 10th of November, I value them at two guineas.

ROBERT LEADER . I am a constable, I apprehended the prisoner for stealing a coat and a silver snuffbox. I took her to the watch-house, she delivered to me a number of duplicates, upwards of fifty. I went to the pawnbroker's with the duplicates, and Mrs. Devine owned the property.

Prisoner's Defence. It was mere distress.

GUILTY, aged 33. of stealing to the value of 39 s. only .

Confined two years in the House of Correction .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

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