3rd April 1816
Reference Numbert18160403-8
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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295. SUSANNAH NEWMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of March , one watch, value 3l. one watch-case, value 4l. 4s. one brooch, value 10s. 6d. one pair of ear-rings, value 1s. one chain, value 1s. one necklace, value 9d. one seal, value 6d. one finger-ring, value 1s. 6d. one scarf, value 1l. two gowns, value 12s. 6d. one shift, value 6d. two handkerchiefs, value 7d. one pair of stockings, value 1s. two neck-handkerchiefs, value 10s. one muff, value 1s. 3d. one shawl, value 6d. one apron, value 6d. one bonnet, value 2s. 6d. and three feathers, value 1s. the property of John Ladd , in his dwelling-house .

JOHN LADD . I live at No. 24, Charlotte-street St. Luke's ; my wife has been liying-in; she lyed-in on the 19th of February last. The prisoner at the bar was her nurse in her lying in. On the 19th of February, she came into my service, and staid until the evening of the 9th of March following. I was absent in the morning of that day, and when I came home in the evening, I found my house open, with all my doors open. After I got in, I awakened my wife, she was asleep in the bed-room. I asked her if she had sent Susan out. I had a female lodger in the house, but not any other attendant. My wife

said, she had not sent her out; and asked me if she was not in the parlour; I told her she was not, and she asked me to look on the table, and see if her gowns were there; I looked, and answered no. I then found the watch was gone from over the parlour mantle-piece. I looked in a drawer, in which I usually kept my business, and missed a gold watch-case; I looked farther, and missed several articles, such as trinkets. I then fastened up my house, and went to bed; it might be about twelve o'clock. When I came into the house, there was a pillow-case hanging over the fender alight; I put it out. The next morning being Sunday, I got up about five; I made further search of what I had lost, and immediately went to Lambeth-street police office. I gave information to Freeman, the officer; he and I went in search of the prisoner; she had lodged with her father and mother, but was not there. She was found in Whitechapel, near Essex-street, in the street-walking. I left the officer then, before she was taken, and when I went again to him, he told me he had got the prisoner, she was then locked up in the watch-house; part of the goods were found on her person, for she was dressed in them; they were found by the officer; his name is Freeman; he said he had found them on her person, and he shewed them to me; there was part of a gold watch-case, a tin box with trinkets, a silk scarf, a brown stuff gown, a black hat and feathers, what they call a chip hat, a white swan down ruff, those were the articles produced by the officer, when I called on him at his own house; the part of the watch-case that was found was worth four guineas; the tin box contained a neck-chain, a gold brooch, and a necklace, and I believe that was all the box contained at that time; the gold brooch, is worth ten shillings and sixpence; the neck-chain, is worth a shilling; the necklace is worth ninepence. These the officer shewed me as what he found upon her.

FRANCIS FREEMAN. I belong to the police office Whitechapel. I searched the prisoner's person; I apprehended her about twelve o'clock, on the 10th of March; I searched her, and found on her head this hat and feathers; here is a scarf, a gown, which the prisoner was wearing; on searching her pockets I found this part of the gold case. I then asked her where she slept on the night of the 9th, and she told me she had slept in a house in Wingfield-street, Spitalfields, and that she had left her bundle there. I asked her how she came by these things; I charged her with having stolen them, and she did not deny it. When I went to her lodging where she said she had slept; I found a bundle, containing this tin box, containing a ring, a brooch, a chain, and a duplicate for a silver watch, pawned for one pound one shilling, at Mr. Richards's, in Brick-lane; here is also a stone apparently of a seal.

JOHN RICHARDS . I am a pawnbroker. The prisoner at the bar came to our house on the 9th of March, in the evening; she purchased a pair of earrings. She pledged the watch for one pound one shilling, and paid five shillings for the ear-rings out of it. She gave me her name as Ann Brown, Brick-lane. I had not known her; I rather think, I had reen she before; but I am not certain; she did not pawn any thing else.

(Watch produced.)

Prosecutor. These things are all my property; the part of the gold watch-case is worth four guineas; there is a cornetian stone, with my initials on it it; it belonged to a seal, and the gold of it is gone.

Prisoner's Defence, I throw myself entirely on the mercy of the Court.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 22.

[Recommended to mercy on account of her youth.]

First Middlesex Jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

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