27th May 1830
Reference Numbert18300527-159
VerdictNot Guilty

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1190. JANE COLEMAN and MARY CLARK were indicted for stealing, on the 4th of May , 1 shirt, value 2s., and 15 shillings, the property of Thomas Evelyn , from the person of Jane Evelyn .

JANE EVELYN. I am the wife of Thomas Evelyn , who is a ship-keeper at St. Katharine's-dock. I went to carry my husband's dinner from my house in Broad-street, near the West India-docks - I had changed a sovereign, bought a new shirt, and had fifteen shillings; the money was in my pocket, and the shirt in my basket - I met the two prisoners, who said they were hungry, and I gave them 4d. to get a bit of bread; they wanted to spend it in gin - I said No, if they wanted a drop of beer they should have it; I then felt Coleman's hand in my pocket, and she took my money - I asked what she was doing; she said there was a piece of rag sticking out, and she wanted to put it in; I did not see Clark do any thing, but she was in her company - Coleman took the shirt, and they pawned it; this was just after we left the public-house - I got an officer, and gave them in charge; there was no money found on them, but they went and bought things for the child.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. What is your way of life? A. I get slop-work, or what I can - I never was in prison, or charged with felony, in my life; I was in prison for an assault - I had drank nothing but a pint of beer; I had no gin - they drank the gin themselves; I was perfectly sober - Clark was discharged, but taken again - I swear I had not quarrelled with the prisoners; I do not know Mr. Jones - I never told any one I would be d - d if I did not serve them out; I met Coleman coming along - she was not at her mother's selling fruit; I never said I did not know who it was that took the money. but if I could get 20s., I would not care about it - that I swear.

COURT. Q. You had them both taken up, and the Magistrate discharged Clark? A. No, they were both sent to prison.

EDWARD EDMUND CHILD. I am an assistant to a pawnbroker. I have a shirt pawned with me on the 4th of May by two women, at our shop in High-street, Shadwell.

GEORGE PHILLIPS . I am an officer. I took Clark on the 4th of May, on the complaint of the prosecutrix, because I understood she had been in company with Coleman - the prosecutrix came to me at half-past five o'clock, and gave the same account she has to-day; she knew Coleman by name, but not the other - she described their persons; Clark said she knew nothing of it, and very willingly went to find the prosecutrix - I went in the morning, but as I was a little too late Clark had been discharged; I had then found the prosecutrix, and went and took Clark again - the prosecutrix then said she had been robbed, and Clark was the person who was with Coleman; she had told me so before, but did not know her name; I took Clark to the Thames Police, and the next morning Coleman's mother came and spoke to Clark- I heard Clark say, "Perhaps, if she could have the money she would make it up;" the mother said she would go and see if she could find her - I thought if I followed the mother I should trace out Coleman; I went - she went into a house in Gravel-lane; I went in, and asked if Mrs. Coleman had come in - they denied it, but I went up stairs and found the mother and daughter; there was nothing found on her.

Coleman. That woman said at the office that she lost fifteen shillings; she stood godmother to my child - we all got intoxicated, and I took the watch from her for safety.

JANE EVELYN. I did stand godmother to her child the same day, and after we left the church I bought this shirt, and a seal for my husband's watch, for which I gave 6d. - they called for a quartern and a half of gin, and I paid 7d. for it; I had a pint of beer - I swear I was perfectly sober; we were not long with the priest, and he scolded her very much - we went between four and five o'clock with the child.

GEORGE PHILLIPS re-examined. Q. Was the prosecutrix sober? A. She appeared to me as sober as she is now - that was between five and six o'clock.

EDWARD EDMUND CHILD . The prosecutrix and some other woman came to our shop to ask if the shirt was pawned, and I said it was.

Coleman. I went with the prosecutrix to his shop.

JANE EVELYN . Yes, she said she would go and show me where she had pawned it.

COURT. Q. You did not tell the Magistrate you had been there? A. No, he did not ask.


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