14th September 1814
Reference Numbert18140914-43
VerdictNot Guilty

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738. ELIZABETH POOLEY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3d of July , a watch, value 1 l. a chain, value 6 d. and a seal, value 1 d. the property of John Jackson , from his person .

JOHN JACKSON . I am an umbrella maker ; I live in Tewkesbury-court, Whitechapel. I lost my watch in Hoxton-square on the 3d of July, about half past eleven in the forenoon. I had the chain in my right hand when I sat down on the grass. I met with the prisoner in Holywell-lane, Shoreditch; I went with her from Holywell-lane to a public-house. She said she had been out all night. From there, I went to a public-house in Spitalfields; I called for a pint of beer and a pipe of tobacco; I asked her to drink; she said she could not drink beer; she would have a glass of gin. I called for a glass of gin for her; I gave two-pence for it. I called for another pint of beer, and asked the prisoner to drink; she said she could not drink beer; she called for a glass of gin. I came out. She said she was hungry, she wanted something to eat. I gave her a penny; she bought two cakes of a woman with a basket. I went to another public-house to get a pint of beer; I had another pint of beer and a pipe of tobacco. We had a glass of gin each. I went from there to Shoreditch, and from Shoreditch to Hoxton-square. I set myself down in Hoxton-square, opposite of the houses: with my right hand I had hold of my watch chain. I fell asleep, and when I awoke Mr. Giles asked me if I knew who the person was I was with; I said I did not; he said that woman had taken my watch.

Q. Who saw the prisoner take the watch - A. Mr. Giles's servant. I was so drunk I do not know what happened to me.

SARAH HARMAN . I am a servant to Mr. Giles, Hoxton-square. On the 3d of July, I saw the prisoner come and sit down in the square; the man and the woman went apparently to sleep. In the course of half an hour, the woman awoke; I left the window then, and went again, and then I saw her put the man's watch in her bosom.

BARNARD GLEED . I am an officer. I apprehended the woman; she acknowledged she had been with the man in Hoxton-square. The 3d of July was on Sunday. Mr. Giles was at church: when he came home the servant told him.


First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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