16th June 1851
Reference Numbert18510616-1351
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1351. ANN DAWLEY , stealing 1 tea-caddy, 1 sugar-basin, and other articles, value 6s. 8s.; the goods of John Simpson: having been before convicted.

ELLEN SIMPSON . I am the wife of John Simpson, and life at Kensington. On Monday evening, 12th May, I left a tea-caddy, looking-glass, and sugarbasin on the window-ledge—I missed them about the middle of the day, Tuesday, and found a pane of glass broken, so that a person from outside could put their arm through and lay hold of the things—in the tea-caddy there was a piece of lace, some buttons, and pins and needles, my property, and forty duplicates which were in my care—these are my caddy and glass (produced)—the prisoner used to live near me.

JANE MAYBANK . I deal in second-hand furniture. About a fortnight before I was before the Magistrate the prisoner brought this tea-caddy and glass to my shop, and asked 2s. for them, I gave her 1s. 7d.—there was a young woman with her.

JAMES GODDARD (policeman). I apprehended the prisoner, and asked her if she had sold any things—she said she bad, but she did not steal then, they were given her by a roan, but she could give no description of him.

(The prisoner, in a written defence, stated that she went home with a man, who, after paying for the use of the room, had but one shilling left, and he gave her that, and the articles in question, to stop with Mm the night; and he went away, leaving her asleep in the morning. That she had been convicted when twelve years old, and, after being confined three months, she, went into an Institution to redeem her character; that after staying there twelve months, she got a situation in a gentleman's family, where she remained five months; and then got another at a pianoforte-makers, and had been there a month, when Bradshaw, a policeman of the T divison, came and informed her master that she had been in custody, and she was discharged next day: that she got another situation, but her master refused to give her a character in consequence of what the policeman had said, and she was then compelled to get her living by prostitution.)

SAMUEL PUDDEFORD (policeman, T 127) I produce a certificate—read—(Clerkenwell. Ann Dawley, convicted on her own confession June, 1845: confined three months)—I was present—the prisoner is the person.

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Six Months.

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