27th February 1882
Reference Numbert18820227-364
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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364. JANE BOWERS (35) and EMMA JENNAWAY (21) , Stealing 9s. 9 1/2 d. the moneys of Edward Sarson.

MR. RAVEN Prosecuted.

MARY SARSON . I am the wife of Edward Sarson, baker, of 176, Evelyn Street, Deptford—on Saturday, 28th January, Jennaway came in about 9.15 p.m. for a pint of split peas—they were 2 1/2 d.—she gave me a halfsovereign—I gave her 9s. 9 1/2 d. change—Bowers then asked for a twopenny loaf—Elizabeth Bolton was in the shop—Jennaway said "Do you know what you have given me?"—I said" Don't you know what you gave me?" and she took the halfsovereign from my hand—I said" Give me my silver back"—she put the halfsovereign with ten shillings' worth of silver that she had in her other hand and said "I have come without my purse, could you take a pound's worth, of silver of me?"—she gave me the halfsovereign and ten shillings' worth of silver, and I went and got a sovereign from Mr. Sarson and gave her—both the prisoners left; I had not the twopenny loaf—I was confused; I did not know what I was doing—my husband came in directly they left, and I had some talk with him—then he went out after the prisoners—in the shop Bowers said "Are you in here?"—Jennaway said" I am coming to live about here"—I next saw them when Mr. Sarson brought them to the door about half an hour afterwards.

Cross-examined by Bowers. You were not in the shop when she gave me any money—I did not serve you with anything—you were there a few minutes—I gave her the sovereign while you were in the shop.

Cross-examined by Jennaway. I did not miss any money till after you left; then the till was empty and I had no gold for it—I said nothing about missing the money at the police-court.

ELIZABETH BOLTON . I live at 3, Victoria Road, Deptford—I am three years old—I was passing through the shop—I saw the prisoners—Mrs. Sarson gave a sovereign to Jennaway—I heard Bowers confusing Mrs. Sarson about a twopenny loaf—Mr. Sarson was in the shop parlour—a conversation occurred in the shop—I went with Mr. Sarson to try to find the prisoners—we saw them in a porkbutcher's shop together—Mr. Sarson went for the constable and I followed them as far as the Black Horse and back to the Mansion House public-house—they were taken in custody.

Cross-examined by Bowers. My master and my cousin did not tell me what to say.

Cross-examined by Jennaway. I was going into the shop parlour—I had a little boy with me and a baby in my arms.

EDWARD SARSON . I am a baker at Evelyn Street, Deptford—I was in the shop parlour asleep—my wife came in—we had some conversation—I went to look for the prisoners with Bolton—in coming back to the shop we saw them in a porkbutcher's, about 250 yards from the shopthat was nearly half an hour after we left the shop—I watched them out, then I went into the porkbutcher's—I said something to a woman and came out again—I went to the station, leaving Bolton to follow them—I found two constables—we afterwards mot them together, and I said in their hearing that I would give them in charge for cheating my Missis—both said "I have never been in the shop"—at the station they denied all knowledge of each other—I said "Very likely they have the peas in the bag"—they said "We have not any peas with us"—Bowers said "The lady is quite a stranger to me."

MAURICE KAVANGH (Policeman R 226). On Saturday evening, the 28th February, Mr. Sarson made a communication to me at the station, and I went to Evelyn Street—he pointed out the prisoners together—the prosecutor said he would give them into custody for ringing the changes—I took Bowers—Jennaway appeared snrprised, and said "I have not done anything"—I said "I should take her in custody"—she said" What for?"—I said "For ringing the changes"—she said "I was not in the shop"—Bowers was tying up her dress—Jennaway said "I do not know anything of her"—Bowers said" She is a stranger to me, 1 have never seen her before"—Jennaway said she did not like her friends to know, and would not give her address—she afterwards gave an address—I went there and could not find her—Mrs. Sarson said they were in her shop; they both said that they were not—Bowers handed over to me 24s. in silver and 6 1/2 d. in bronze at the station.

Cross-examined by Bowers. I did not find either of your addresses correct.

MARY HAWKINS . I am female searcher at Deptford Policestation—I searched the prisoners between 10 and 11 p.m. on 28 th January—on Jennaway I found 9s. in silver and 6d. in bronze—Bowers gave up in my presence 24s. in silver and 6 1/4 d. in bronze—she said "I may as well give this downstairs as with you," and she put it on the table—I searched their straw bag and found 15 or 16 separate articles; suet and other things.

Bowers's Defence. I know nothing about the transaction. I am a widow with five children; my husband has been dead fifteen months.

Jennaway's Defence. I am an unfortunate girl. What money I had was given me by a gentleman I had been with in the evening.


JENNAWAY— GUILTY . **†— Eighteen Months' Hard Labour.

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