5th June 1871
Reference Numbert18710605-493
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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493. SARAH CLARK (19) , Burglary in the dwelling-house of John Howard, and stealing a sheet and other goods, the property of Thomas Christie.

MR. ST. AUBYN conducted the Prosecution; and MR. HORACE BROWN

the Defence.

THOMAS CHRISTIE . I live at 64, Culverton Street—these clothes and sheets (produced) are my property—I identify them by the mark "T. and S. C.," in my wife's writing.

LOUISA HOWARD . I am the wife of John Howard, and live at 36, London Road, Camberwell—I am a laundress, and am in the habit of receiving linen to wash for Mr. Christie—I received a quantity of things from him on 2nd May, and amongst them this table-cloth—I went to bed a little after 11 o'clock, and locked my house up, and all the things were safe—I came down a little before 5 o'clock next morning, and found that the laundry window had been broken open—the linen was scattered about all over the place—some portion of it was lying in the yard, and some had been taken away—this sheet was taken.

Cross-examined. I know the sheet by the mark and pattern.

DAVID TRIGG (Policeman L 79). I received information that the prisoner had attempted to pawn a table-cloth—I spoke to her at Victoria Cross—I asked her where she got the table-cloth from—she replied "A woman gave it to me, to go and pawn"—I asked her where the woman was—she said she did not know—I said "Do you know the woman f'—she said "I do not, I have never seen her before."

Cross-examined. I don't know the prisoner at all—I believe she gets her living by prostitution—she did not ask me to go anywhere to find the woman she spoke about.

GEORGE FRANKLIN (Detective Officer.) I went to the house where the burglary had been committed—I found a bundle of the property about 300 yards from the house, on a mound of earth—I showed them to Mrs. Howard and Mr. Christie, and they identified them.

Cross-examined. I did not find a fourth part of the property that was stolen—I searched the prisoner's house—I found no stolen property there.


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