16th June 1851
Reference Numbert18510616-1245
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1245. ANN PHILLIPS , stealing 1 watch, 1 chain, and 1 handkerchief, value 7l. 11s.; the goods of William Wood Morriss, from his person.

WILLIAM WOOD MORRISS . I am a draper, of 20, Trinity-square, Tower-hill, On 26th May, between 4 and 5 o'clock in the afternoon, I was going through Freeman's-passage, and the prisoner accosted me, and asked me to give her 6d.—I said I saw no reason why I should do so—she took hold of my arm, and I passed on—I missed my handkerchief turned back, overtook her, and seized her—a youth said, "Here is a seal I picked up on the ground"—it was mine, and had been on a short Albert guard, in my button-hole—I looked for my watch, and missed it—I saw it in the prisoner's hand—she must have

broken the chain; the seal would then fall—I pushed her into Mr. Preed's shop, and there found my handkerchief in her hand—she was given into custody.

GEORGE BARKER (City policeman, 485). I was sent for, and found the prisoner and prosecutor at Mr. Preed's shop, Honey-lane—I received this watch and handkerchief (produced) from Morriss, and took the prisoner.

Prisoner's Defence. I only asked him for 6d., and he would not give it to me, and then I took the handkerchief; he would not take it back, and then I took his watch.

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Six Months.

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