11th April 1833
Reference Numbert18330411-111
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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782. MARY COLLINS was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of March , 3 sixpences, 16 pence, and 7 halfpence, the monies of Robert Barnes Twelftree , her master .

JANE TWELFTREE . I am the wife of Robert Barnes Twelflree; we keep the King's Head public-house in St. Paul's Church-yard . The prisoner was in our employ; I was informed by a neighbour that I was being robbed daily, and next night when I went to bed I counted the money in the till in the bar - I counted it the last thing at night on the last day of February; the bar was kept locked, and I kept the key in the bed-room - there was 14 1/2d. in copper in the till at night, and next morning there was only 2 1/2d. remaining; and on the following night, the 1st of March, I counted the money and marked it - there was 2s. 6d. in copper and three sixpences in silver; I am quite sure I locked the bar - I came down about eight o'clock in the morning; my sister came down before me, and opened the bar door - the till was not locked; I examined the till when I came down - and the silver was gone, and only 4d. remaining in copper; I sent for an officer, and told him I suspected one of my servants - the prisoner was searched, and the whole of the marked money was found in her possession; she said she had taken it the week before in exchange on Ludgate-hill - she lived with me about ten months; I had a good character with her - I have lost several things while she has been with me.

HENRY KERRIDGE . I am an officer. I was sent for, and had the three servants up; I began to search the prisoner first - she immediately put her hand into her bosom, pulled out a paper and said, "I have money here, but it is my own;" I opened it, and the three sixpences and halfpence were all in it - every one of them was marked very particularly; they are all marked differently - I found on her twelve penny-pieces and seven halfpence; I took her to the Computer, got a woman to search her, and she found four penny pieces and three halfpence in her stays.

MRS. TWELFTREE. I have made different marks on the different coins; I am positive of them.

Prisoner. I am very sorry for it; it is my first offence - I have been fourteen years without father or mother.

GUILTY . Aged 20.

Recommended to Mercy. - Confined Two Months .

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