27th February 1837
Reference Numbert18370227-866
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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866. WILLIAM LEE was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of February, 1 handkerchief, value 2d., and half-a-sovereign, the goods and monies of Elizabeth Bowler, from her person.

ELIZABETH BOWLER . I was in the service of Mr. Heath, at the Red Cow, at Hammersmith. I left there on the 12th of February, at five o'clock in the afternoon, and walked to the White Bear, at Hounslow—my brother walked with me, and carried my box—we got to the White Bear about ten o'clock—I intended to wait for the wagon to go to Colnbrook—after I had been in the tap-room for some time, the prisoner came in and sat down by me—he asked me if I would have any thing to drink—I refused a great many times—at last he got 4d. worth of gin and water, and made me drink, and then when that was gone I took him to be a friend, and I treated him with the same quantity—my brother sat by my side, but he did not drink any—he fell asleep—I had my handkerchief, with a half-sovereign in it, and I untied it to give a sixpence to pay for the liquor—I found I had not got one there, and I gave him a sixpence out of my pocket to pay for it—the prisoner had seen what was in my handkerchief, and he took the handkerchief, nut it into his pocket, and went out of the door—I did not

think he was going to rob me—he came in again, and I asked him for it—he said he had not got it.

Prisoner. I did not take it—she sent for Charles Taylor, and he was pulling her about—she was tipsy. Witness. No, I was not—I had sent for Taylor, as he used to stop at master's, and I knew him—he drank with me, but that was before the prisoner came—I did not drink half a glass of ale with him.

THOMAS RUTTY . I am a helper in the stable at the White Bear, I saw the prosecutrix—she said she had been robbed of a half-sovereign by the prisoner—this was about half-past one o'clock—I found this handkerchief hid under some scaffolding poles outside the stable.

Prisoner. Q. Did not they ask you to have beer with them? A. Yes, at the time Taylor was there—I had two or three glasses of ale—I did not see that any of them were in liquor.

WILLIAM HALL . I am a constable. At half-past one o'clock I was sent for, and the prosecutrix gave the prisoner in charge—I searched him, but could not find the half-sovereign.


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