9th April 1849
Reference Numbert18490409-983
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown

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983. ANN HILL , ANN WALTERS , MARY ANN FIELD , and I MARY ANN BOOTY , stealing 12 yards of cotton, value 5s.; the goods of Charles Greville Moore to which

BOOTY pleaded GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined One Year.

MR. MELLER conducted the Prosecution.

CHARLES GREVILLE MOORE . I am a linen-draper, of London-terrace, I Hackney-road. This printed cotton is my property; here is about twelve yards; it is worth about 5s.—I saw it safe on 27th Feb., about five o'clock at my door—the officer brought it into my shop, and the prisoners.

ROBERT GIFFORD (policeman, H 89) On 27th Feb., I was on an omnibus in Kingsland-road, in plain clothes, and saw Booty come out of a lines-draper's shop and join the other three prisoners, who were standing talking I together—I got down and followed them through several streets to Hackney-road—they went to a linen-draper's shop kept by Mr. West, and commenced I pulling the things about—they then went to Mr. Moore's—I got the assistance of another officer—Hill and Field went to Mr. Moore's door and examined the things there—Booty and Walters stood about a yard from them-after standing a minute or two, Booty stooped down and threw her shawl over a piece of print at the door and carried it off under her shawl—Walters was Apparently hiding her—Hill and Field were standing at the door examining

the articles, as if to attract the notice of the shopman—I followed Booty about twenty yards—I took her into a shop; I left her there, and came out; I ran twenty or thirty yards and took Field as she was turning out of the road.

JABEZ HEFFER (policeman, N 255). I was in plain clothes with Gifford—I saw what took place as he has described—I took Walters and Hill, they said they knew nothing about it.

Walters. Q. Was I not at a stationer's shop when you took me? A. No; you were following Booty with the print—I did not see you look in a stationer's shop next door to Mr. Moore's.

Booty. I was living with a person who is now ill in the infirmary; I have not seen him for eighteen months; I have a child to support, and was in distress; I have known these other prisoners about four months; I took this article; I can assure you they did not know what I was doing; I was not aware that they saw me do it; I can swear that I had no previous arrangement with them; I was endeavouring to conceal it from them by putting the shawl over it.

MR. MELLER. Q. Had you been in company with them that morning? A. I met them in Kingsland-road—I went and took a walk and examined the goods at different shops in company with them—I cannot say they did not see me take it—I had no conversation with them on the subject.


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