13th May 1812
Reference Numbert18120513-17
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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445. ELIZABETH MARRISON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 10th of May , a telescope, value 10 s. the property of Robert Banks , privately in his shop .

ROBERT BANKS . I live at 444, in the Strand, in the Parish of St. Martin's in theFields . I am an optician .

Q. When did you lose this telescope - A. Last Saturday afternoon, the 9th of May, in the afternoon between five and six, the prisoner came into the shop for some relief. I am an overseer. She produced this pass to me as overseer, and while I turned my back to write my name on the back of the pass, she secreted a telescope; I had no suspicion of the telescope being gone, my wife assured me that she had taken something.

Q. Was your wife present - A. She was not, she was in the parlour, the parlour door had glass windows. I had the money in my hand to give her in the shop, but when I saw the telescope taken from the counter and in her lap, I did not give her the money but sent for an officer, he came and searched her and took away the property from her.

EDWARD MAXWELL . I am a journeyman to Mr. Banks, I fetched the officer; we searched the prisoner and found the telescope upon her.

GIBSON. I am the officer that took the prisoner, I had taken this woman about three hours before, she was drunk in the street, I put her in the watch-house and sobered her; when she went out she went to Mr. Banks's and stole this telescope, I put her in the watch-house and kept her there an hour to keep her from the boys, she had an hour's sleep and got sober. This is the telescope.

Prosecutor. I am certain it is my telescope.

Prisoner's Defence. I am a poor distressed woman, my husband is a soldier, he belongs to the 71st regiment, a woman gave it me in the shop.

GUILTY , aged 29.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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