17th February 1813
Reference Numbert18130217-27
VerdictNot Guilty

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263. MARY MOORE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 15th of January , from the person of James Pool , four three-shilling bank tokens, and a sixpence, and four one-pound bank notes, his property .

JAMES POOL . I am a servant .

Q. When did you loose this property - A. On Friday, the 15th of January, about a quarter past ten o'clock at night, as I was going by Bishopsgate church, Mary Moore took hold of my arm; she asked me where I was going. I told her I was going home. She asked me to go home with her. She took me to No. 9, Lamb-alley, Bishopsgate-street , in the front parlour. When we came into the room there was a woman in the room; then Moore asked me for some money; I gave her a three-shilling piece; she gave it to the other woman to go out for liquor; and then Moore came close to me and unbuttoned my breeches. In about five or ten minutes I lost a purse, containing four one-pound notes, and twelve shillings and sixpence; four three-shilling tokens and a sixpence. I accused her of taking of it. She said that she had not. Then the other woman came in, and another woman with her, they abused me very much. Moore ran out of the room as far as the corner of the house, and I after her. I brought her back. I took a candle and looked about the room to see if I could find my money. I could not find it. I have never found my money or my notes. The next morning I went to the constable; he said he knew the girl.

Q. Are you sure it is the same girl - A. Yes; he took her in custody on the evening following.

THOMAS SAPWELL . I know no more than apprehending the prisoner, on the 16th of January. I brought her to the watchhouse; I then sent the prosecutor into the watchhouse. I went into the watchhouse after him, and said, do you know anybody here. He said, I do, Mary Moore . I searched her, and found nothing on her. She sells fruit at the corner of Houndsditch.

Prisoner's Defence. When this gentleman accused me of taking the money, I said, send for an officer. He said, he would not. I said, search. The watchman was coming round; I said, call the watchman, and you give charge of me. I am quite innocent of it.


London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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