13th June 1859
Reference Numbert18590613-632
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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632. MARY KARPPEAMIN (32), and ANNIE TAOSSIN (36) , Stealing 4 pairs of boots, value 1l. 14s., of John Church.

MR. CAARTEN conducted the Prosecution.

(The prisoners being foreigners had the evidence interpreted.)

JOHN CHURCH . I am a boot and shoemaker, living at 17, Nelson-street, Greenwich—On Friday, 13th May, between 3 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon, the prisoners came into my shop—Karppeamin asked for the best boots I had for the other prisoner—I endeavoured to fit the other one, but could not succeed—I had taken them into the shoe room—there were a number of boots lying on the floor—I was engaged in fitting for about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour—I had to go to a glass case in the same room to get boots, and while there my back was turned to them—I could not succeed in fitting Taossin, and they both left the shop—the same afternoon, about two hours afterwards, a policeman came to me and brought four pairs of boots; they were my property—these are them (produced)—I can swear to them—they are the same sort of boots as those they were trying on.

Karppeamin. Q. (through an interpreter) Can you swear that I stole the boots? A. I cannot; I did not see you.

BARBARA COUX . I am a servant to Mr. George Triggs, of London-street, Greenwich—on Friday, 13th May, a little after 3, I was in the passage of my master's house, which affords a view of his shop—I saw the two prisoners there, and the shopman, Watson, was fitting a pair of boots on Taossin—whilst he was so engaged the other prisoner was standing at the back of him, and I saw her take a pair of boots off the side of a desk, close to where she was standing—she then lifted up her cloak and put them underneath—I went upstairs and told my mistress, and in consequence of what she said I told the shopman what I had seen—he then desired the prisoners to go into the back parlour—I did not see my mistress come into the parlour—I saw Karppeamin standing at the bottom of the counter afterwards, at the time when Watson came into the shop, and then I saw Watson pick up four pairs of boots from the place where she had been standing—I bad seen that spot a short time before, but there were no boots there at that time—Watson picked the boots from the floor at the end of the counter.

Karppeamin. Q. Can you swear I put the boots down there? A. No.

GEORGE WATSON . I am shopman in the employ of Mr. Triggs of London-street, Greenwich. I remember the prisoners coming to our shop, and I tried to fit one of them with a pair of boots—whilst I was so engaged, the last witness spoke to me, and I asked Karppeamin to walk into the back parlour—Karppeamin spoke to me in English—I could understand what

she said—in her presence I asked my mistress to search her—she did so, but found nothing—I then went to the shop door, to send a lad for a constable—on coming back into the shop I saw Karppeamin pass round at the end of the counter, and saw her very busy with the front of her dress—after that she said her husband would give me 50l. not to give her in charge—I do not know whether there were any boots at the end of the counter before she went there—I had been in the shop about a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes before they came in to be measured—I had seen the place at the end of the counter then, but could not say whether there were any boots there—I picked up four pairs of boots from there after the prisoner had left the place—these are them.

Karppeamin. Q. Did you see me take the boots? A. I did not.

AMELIA TRIGGS . I am the wife of Mr. Triggs—in consequence of what was told me, I went into the back parlour, on the afternoon of 13th May—the prisoners came in after I was there—Karppeamin was very much agitated, and very pale—she had a cloak on—I lifted up her cloak and jacket, but could not find anything, and she said she was innocent, so I did not search her much—I saw her leave the parlour—the moment Watson's back was turned, she went into the shop, close to the counter—she remained there about a minute or so, and she said that her husband would give 50l. if we did not fetch a policeman—not a word had been said about fetching a policeman before she offered this 50l.—I think Watson was going towards the door at the time—when she was at the counter, she had one hand on the counter, and the other down under her cloak—she left the counter, came to me, and asked me to search her again—at that moment the shopman came in, and I saw him pick up four pairs of boots from the place where she had been standing.

Karppeamin. Q. Did I ask you a second time to search me? A. You did, when the policeman came—you did not say if we arrested you innocently it would cost 50l.

GEORGE HENDERSON (Policeman, 401 R). On Friday, 13th May, the prisoners were given into my charge—I also received four pairs of boots—I examined the dress that Karppeamin wore; it came down very low, in a peak, hooked in front, and there was a slit about a foot long down the front; and she had a crinoline—I heard Karppeamin speak—I had not the least difficulty in understanding her.

ELIZABETH HOLMES . I am female searcher at the Greenwich station-house—I remember the prisoners being brought there—I saw the dress which Karppeamin had on—she had a jacket on—there were hooks in front of her dress—if anything were hung upon them, it would hang down in front—the slit in the front of the dress was the common length—she had a quilted petticoat on—it was very full.

ROBERT BELL (Policeman, 39 P). I have often seen the prisoners together Karppeamin's Defence. I am innocent—I have done nothing.

Taossin's Defence. I am innocent—I went out with the intention of buying a pair of boots.


Taossin received a good character.


Karppeamin was further charged with having been before convicted.

DENNIS SCAMMELL (Policeman). I produce a certificate (Read; "Westminster Sessions, January, 1858; Mary Diefki convicted upon her own confession of larceny—Confined One Year")—I was present at the trial—the prisoner is the person.

KARPPEAMIN—GUILTY.— Three years' Penal Servitude.

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