26th February 1838
Reference Numbert18380226-778
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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778. MARY LANE was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of February, 1 shift, value 3s.; 1 boa, value 2s.; 1 night-gown, value 1s.; 1 collar, value 1s.; 1 trinket-box, value 1s.; 1 breast-pin, value 2s.; 3 yards of ribbon, value 1s. 6d.; and 1 pair of ear-rings, value 8s.; the goods of William Colson.

ELIZABETH COLSON . I am the wife of William Colson, and live at No. 7, Barnsbury-row, Islington. I do not live with my husband—the prisoner came to lodge with me a fortnight ago on Monday, saying she was out of place—in consequence of missing articles on my premises, I asked to see her box, which was corded—she uncorded it for me, and I found in it a boa, a shift, and night gown belonging to me—I sent for a policeman—the prisoner had a bonnet-box, which was afterwards searched, and in that I found a collar—I had missed some ear-rings, which I have since seen in possession of Liddle, the policeman—I also missed a gold pin, some ribbon, and a small box—I had not given any of the articles to her—they are worth 1l. altogether—the shift and bed-gown were taken out of my drawer, which was kept locked—she represented herself as a servant—I had lent her the boa once.

EZEKIEL GUMMY (police-constable N 88.) I received a shift, nightgown, and boa from the prosecutrix.

JOSEPH LIDDLE (police-constable N 270.) I produce a collar, two drops, and a snap—I found the collar in the prisoner's band-box, and the ear-rings I found on the witness Elizabeth Saunders, at No. 4, Charles-court, Strand.

ELIZABETH SAUNDERS . I know these ear-rings—(looking at them)—the prisoner gave them to me—I went into a public-house, and sat down by the side of her, and she gave them to me, saying she had found them in the street—I kept them till Tuesday night, when I was taken into custody—I had gone into the public-house to look for a young man who I live with, and was talking with her—I had seen her once before.

Q. Why should she give you the ear-rings? A. I do not know—I never saw her but once before, and she walked to Westminster with me—I met

her in a public-house in Leicester-square—it was about three weeks ago—I first saw her in Castle-street, Leicester-square, and we spoke to one another.

MARY HARRIS . I am the wife of William Harris. I searched the prisoner at the station-house, at Islington, on Tuesday, and found on her a little box, a gold pin, and a ribbon.

ELIZABETH COLSON re-examined. These are all my property—the pin, ear-rings, box, ribbon, collar, night-gown, shift, and boa—I took the prisoner to be a servant out of place, and thought her respectable—she had lived with a lady in Pulteney-terrace, I understood; and she had lived before with Mr. Snee, in Cloudesley-square—she wag to pay me 1s. 6d. a week, but she had not paid me any thing, as she had no money.

Prisoner's Defence. I was going to return the things to her when I returned the aprons and caps.

GUILTY Aged 18.— Confined One Month.

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