3rd March 1879
Reference Numbert18790303-348
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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348. LYDIA LLOYD (36) , Stealing a shawl, the goods of Charles Augustus Mackness, in his dwelling-house, and afterwards burglariously breaking out of the same.


CHARLES AUGUSTUS MACKNESS . I keep the Railway Hotel, Church End, Finchley—on the morning of 24th Feb., between 5 and 6 o'clock, my bell was rung by a constable—on searching the house with him I found the prisoner under the bed in the best bedroom on the first floor—this was a spare room—she had a shawl and a new blanket—the wardrobe had been disturbed—she had evidently fetched the shawl out of it—the blanket lay on the bed—she was in my house on the Saturday evening previous—no one had seen her there on the Sunday.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. You were not wearing the shawl—you had it doubled up—there was a large basket of dirty linen under the bed—you had nothing on that belonged to me that I know of—I had a large stick in my hand when I came up the passage—I could not have said at the police-station that nothing was disturbed, because I had not had time to make a search—your case was detained until I went back and made a thorough search of the premises.

JAMES PHILPOT (Policeman S 160). On Monday, 24th February, I was on duty near the hotel about 5.30—I saw a light in the front room, which used to be the nursery—I thought it strange—I saw the light going into the coffee-room—I looked through the keyhole, and saw the prisoner come and put

the light on the table in the hall—she seemed to be carrying something—she came through the swing glass door to the outer door and lifted the bolt—I was standing there, and she hearing me went back and blew out the light—we rang up Mr. Mackness and searched the house—I said "Here is somebody under the bed"—there was a basket under the bed which helped to conceal her—I called her out, and she came out—we found these shoes under the bed with the shawl and the blanket—they were her own slippers she was wearing—here are the shoes she had on—the wardrobe had been all upset—I had seen the light from the railway bridge—I could see the glass doors open—I saw a shadow—the blinds were not down—she had a light standing in front of the glass, and on opening the wardrobe doors the shadow was on the window.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I could see the reflection—there were long white curtains, but not over the glass; they hung to the side—you were not coming out from under the bed; we had to pull the basket of linen out before you came out.

WILLIAM BARKER (Policeman S 222). I went over the house with the last witness, and I corroborate what he says—I did not go in the room where the prisoner was—she was given over into my custody outside the house—I said "How came you to be in the house?"—she said "I came up from London last night, and was drinking at the bar with a man, and how I came to be in the house I do not know"—she was quite sober.

The Prisoner put in a written defence, stating that she lost the train home from Finchley, and a young man gave her some whisky, stating that his father was the landlord of the hotel, and offered to pay for a bed for her; that she drank several times, and remembered nothing till she found herself on the bed next morning, and that she got under the bed because the was frightened. She denied stealing the goods.

GUILTY . She was further charged with having been convicted of felony at Oxford in October, 1873, to which she

PLEADED GUILTY.— Ten Years' Penal Servitude.

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