1st February 1836
Reference Numbert18360201-502
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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502. ESTHER WERLOCK was indicted for stealing on the 3rd of January, 1 purse, value 6d.; 1 sovereign; and 3 shilings; the goods and monies of George Gilbert, from his person.

GEORGE GILBERT . I am clerk to a special pleader in the Temple, and live in White's-row, Spitalfields. On the 3rd of January I met the prisoner and another in Holborn, about twelve o'clock—they begged a few halfpence

of me, saying it was a very cold night—I was quite sober—I was going to give the prisoner some—while I was taking halfpence out of my pocket she put her hand into my pocket and drew my purse—that happened in a house in Glooster-court—she said, "Come in here, you will see what you have got"—she asked me for the halfpence in Holborn, just at the corner of Gloster court and she said, "Come in here"—I gave her 4d—that was in the house—I belive it is a common brothel—I went into the parlour, on the ground floor—there were several people in the room—I did not know it was a brothel—the reason I went in was to see if I might have any silver in my pocket with the halfpence, and not to give them—nobody asked me for money in the room-the prisoner said, "You have got more money," and she put in her hand in my pocket and drew my purse—I caught her hand, and saw my purse in it—she thrust herself on me—I had this coat on—it was not buttoned for the halfpence were in my left-hand waistcoat pocket—my puse was in my right-hand troweser pocket—I know it was there before I went in, and my silver was there also—I had other silver besides what was in the puse in my waistcoat pocket—I think 1s. 6d. besides the halfpence—I left that in my pocket—I was able to discern that, by feeling—when I took out the halfpence I found no silver among it—I said to the prisoner "Return me my purse, or I will punish you "—she ran out of the room—I had no idea she was going to run away with it—when she took it there were six or seven people there—I was not asked to pay anything—I gave 4 1/2 d., and that was quite enough, I think—the girls wanted it for beer in the street—she ran home to her own house, and I went after her—the people of the house dirceted me where she lived, but she was not at home when I got there—the officer searched the house—there was 1l. 3s. 6d. in my purse—I counted it only a short time before at the Crown and Six Cans in Holborn whre I belong to a Society—it was a little before twelve o'clock that I went in there—I saw the money was safe in my purse there—wer she was taken, 13s. 3d. was found on her, but no purse.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Your object in having any thing to do with her was out of a charitable feeling to give her the halfpence? A. Yes—I merely went into the house—I had no idea what house it was—the door was open—I do not think there was a light in the passage—there was a candle in the room and several people—I think they were all women—I sat down—I began to think then that it was an improper house—I did not run out when I found it out—I did not remain against my will—I had not been there two minutes before the prisoner drew my purse—I saw no danger—I do not think the prisoner was sitting down at all—my purse was in my trowsers pocket—I do not know why I sat down—I had been out walking a good deal—I did not go there ofr any improper purpose—I caught hold of her hand while she was in the act of drawing the purse—I could not keep hold of it—I did not stop there the rest of the night—I did not go back to that house—I did sleep at a brothel that night.


Before Mr. Justice Vaughan.

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