3rd January 1853
Reference Numbert18530103-219
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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219. LAVINIA DIBLE and AMELIA ANN DIBLE were again indicted for stealing 4 shawls and 30 yards of printed, cotton, value 2l. 10s.; the goods of Ebenezer Davis and another.

JOSEPH WATES . On 21st Dec. I missed two shawls, which I had seen safe three hours before near the door; in consequence of which I went to the station-house—these are the two shawls (produced); I know them by the pattern—I afterwards went with the policeman to the prisoners' father's house—I saw the father and the two prisoners; I went with the two prisoners, who were in custody at the time on another charge—we went about a shawl which has been before spoken of—I said his daughters had stolen a shawl, and the man said he had more shawls in his box given to the younger prisoner by Mrs. Stride, her mistress—the box was opened in the prisoners' presence, and two other shawls and several other things were in it—the policeman found these shawls, they were not in the box at all.

Cross-examined by MR. PLATT. Q. TOU do not know where these two were found? A. No; I only know them by the pattern—I missed them about 3 o'clock on the Tuesday—I do not remember seeing either of the prisoners at the shop that day; the younger one was at our place almost every day, and used to buy halfpennyworth's of pins.

COURT. Q. Did you lose any printed cotton? A. Yes; this (produced) is it—I only know it by the pattern.

JAMES CASHWAY . I am assistant to Mr. Burt, pawnbroker, of Woolwich—I produce one of these shawls—it was pledged by the prisoner Lavinia on 21st Dec., in the name of Mary Dible—I knew her before, by pledging at our shop frequently.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you always attend to her yourself? A. Not at all times—a great many persons come in and out.

WILLIAM GILBERT . I live with Mr. Tuff, pawnbroker, of Woolwich—I produce one of these shawls; it was pledged on 21st Dec., for 3s., in the name of Ann Dible—I cannot tell who pledged it—I gave a ticket to the person, whoever it was—this (produced by Newell) is the ticket I gave.

JAMES HAWKINS . I am son of Mr. Hawkins, pawnbroker, of Charlton—I produce the print; it was pledged on 26th November by the prisoner Lavinia—I knew her before.

JOHN NEWELL (policeman R 340). I searched the prisoners' premises on 22nd December, and found four duplicates in a box, in which there were females clothes; two of the duplicates are for shawls pledged on 21st Dec., and one for a piece of cotton-print pledged on 26th Nov.


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