11th May 1846
Reference Numbert18460511-1181
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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1181. MARY VINING was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Williams, and stealing 2 gowns, value 5s.; 1 pelisse, 15s.; 4 shifts, 4s.; 1 pencil-case, 1s.; 4 veils, 2s.; and 4 petticoats, 135.; the goods of said Thomas Williams.

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS . I am the wife of Thomas Williams, of Princes-buildings, White Hart-street, Kennington—it is his dwelling-house. The prisoner lodged with us, but had left about nine weeks—on Friday, the 24th of April, between twelve and one o'clock in the morning, she came to the house—I went out afterwards, locked the door, and took the key with me—I shut all the windows down, I am quite certain—I cannot say whether I fas-tened them—I left nobody in the house—I returned about a quarter to eleven at night, and found everything disturbed—the door and windows were just it I left them—I missed the articles stated in the indictment, which I had seen safe hanging up in the room up stairs before I went out—the pencil was in a box—this dress produced is mine—I found this ring on the carpet.

MARTHA WATTS . I am the wife of George Watts, and live next door to the prosecutrix. On Friday, the 24th of April, between one and two o'clock in the afternoon, I saw the prisoner pass my house towards Mrs. Williams's house—I knew her before—I heard her say, " Eliza," at the door or window—I did not hear any answer—I went out about ten minutes afterwards—I was gone ten minutes, and on returning I met the prisoner, about the length of this Court from the house—she had got this dress on, and a gown with her, which I knew to be Mrs. Williams's, and a small bundle under her arm—I said nothing to her—I afterwards heard of the robbery,

MARY WITHERS . I live near the house. On Friday, the 24th of April, I saw Mrs. Williams go out, and about a quarter of an hour after I saw the prisoner going towards Mrs. Williams's house—I saw her about twenty minutes afterwards coming away, with this dress on, and a polka on, and a bundle under her arm.

LUCY PHILLIPS . I know the prisoner—on the 24th of April, about five minutes to three o'clock in the afternoon, I saw her with a polka on—I thought she had been locked up, as she came from the direction of the police station—I said, "Have you been locked up?"—she said, "No; I want to speak to you: I have got a silver pencil-case, I nailed a bloak of it last night; do you think I can pawn it for 1s.?"—I said, "I don't know"—she had a small bundle under her arm.

JANE OVERMAN . I live in Princes-street. On Friday morning I went out to walk with the prisoner towards Kennington—I went to the prosecutrix's house with her—Mrs. Williams was going out to dinner, and on our return towards home she said it would be a lark if anybody would rob her—I saw nothing more of her for two hours, and then she returned with the same dress as she went out in, except a pair of mitts, which she said a friend had given her—she had a common ring on in the morning when I went out with her—it appeared very much like the ring produced.

WILLIAM ATLEE (policeman.) I took the prisoner in charge on the 26th, two days after the robbery—I told her she was charged with robbing Mrs. Williams of wearing apparel—she said she knew nothing about it—I showed her the ring, and she said it was hers—the house is in the parish of St. Mary, Lambeth

FRANCIS LYON BARNBTT . I am a pawnbroker' in the Dover-road. This pelisse was pawned by two females—I believe the prisoner to be one of them.

Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing about it.

GUILTY of stealing in the dwelling-house, but not of breaking. Aged 19.— Confined Nine Months.

Before Lord Chief Justice Denman.

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