5th April 1841
Reference Numbert18410405-1156
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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1156. ANN HERBERT and ELIZA SMITH were indicted for stealing, on the 5th of April, 1 purse, value 21s. 6d.; 4 sovereigns, and 1 six-pence; the property of John Rowe, from his person.

JOHN ROWE . I am a traveller. On the evening of the 5th of April, I was in St. Paul's Churchyard, and met the prisoners just opposite the Goose and Gridiron public-house—they asked for something to drink—I gave them a shilling—I had at that time eight sovereigns loose in my pocket, and a purse containing four other sovereigns, and a sixpence—as soon as I left them I beard a sovereign drop, I picked it up and put it into my pocket, with the other seven—I then missed my purse containing the four sovereigns and sixpence, which was a cracked one—I have seen the sixpence and the purse since.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. What did you give them the shilling for? A. I supposed they were going to spend it in drink—they gave me nothing for it—I had met them on Ludgate-hill before, when I was in company with some friends—when I picked up the sovereign, I saw Herbert put her hand under her clothes.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. What time of the night was this? A. Near twelve o'clock—I saw them on Ludgate-hill before that, when I had two gentlemen with me—they just spoke to me then—the gentlemen then left me, and went down Creed-lane—I then went to the Churchyard alone, and met the prisoners there—I did not take out my purse for the shilling—I took that out of my waistcoat pocket—I had been supping that eight at the Cock public-house, in Fleet-street—we had a pint of stout etch, and I had some soda-water.

ADAM SPACEY (City police-constable, No. 203.) I took the prisoners, and they were searched by the female searcher at the station, but the inspector was not satisfied, and he sent me with the prisoners to St. Bartholomew's Hospital—while they were waiting at the door Herbert dropped this sixpence, which the prosecutor swore to—this purse was found by the officer on duty in St. Paul's churchyard, close by where I took the prisoners—Herbert claimed the sixpence, and wished me to give it to her—when the surgeon had got hold of Herbert at one end of the room, he called me, and I found in her hand two sovereigns.

JOSEPH BOYD (City police-constable, No. 270.) I found the purse near the rails in St Paul's churchyard.

HERBERT— GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Six Months.


Sixth Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

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