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<p>First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Alderson.</p>
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t18310908-20-off125 t18310908-20-cd126"/>, at St. Mary Abbotts, Kensington, and stealing therein 2 half-sovereigns, 1 crown, 2 half-crowns, 9 shillings, and one 5l. Bank note, her property </rs>; against the Statute.</p>
<p>MARY DAVIS. I live at
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18310908-20-off125 t18310908-20-crimeloc127"/>; I do not know any other name to the parish. I lost this money on Tuesday morning, the 5th of September, between ten and eleven o'clock; I saw it safe on Saturday night; I was not out of the house from then till Monday morning - the money was in a little box in my bed-room, at the foot of the bed, with many more odd things; there were two half-sovereigns, a 5s. piece, two half-crowns, nine shillings, and a 5l. Bank note - I do not know the number of it; it had two or three names on the back of it, but I do not know the names - I missed it on Tuesday morning, between ten and eleven o'clock; I know the prisoner - she has been in my house several times; she saw me receive the 5l. note, and said at the time, "I wish this was mine" - I said, "I must save it to buy some more pigs;" I had sold my pigs to a butcher- she is fourteen years old, and used to come to fetch errands for me; I went out on the Monday morning, and locked up every thing - there was a pane of glass broken large enough for her to get through - I suppose she got through there, if she stole the money.</p>
<persName id="t18310908-20-person311"> CATHERINE GIBBONS
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<interp inst="t18310908-20-person311" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . I know the prisoner. On Monday, between ten and eleven o'clock, she came to me, and brought a 5l. Bank note; I looked at the back of it - there were two names on the back which I could not make out; she also brought two half-sovereigns, and 19s. in silver - there were two half-crowns and odd shillings, but I did not notice a crown-piece; she told me she was acquainted with several girls of the town, and they had made a gathering for her, that the 5l. note and halfsovereigns belonged to a girl of the town, named
<persName id="t18310908-20-person312"> Sarah Cusa
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<interp inst="t18310908-20-person312" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> , and she was to give her a sovereign for getting the 5l. note changed - I advised her, whoever owned the note, to take it to them; she said she would take it to her in the evening - she gave it to me to take care of for her, and on Monday afternoon she came to me for a 5l. note, a half-sovereign, and 4s. or 5s., saying she was going to buy a new frock for herself; she afterwards brought me the 5l. note again, saying she could not see Cusa, and would I mind it for her - a young woman came and asked if I was minding a 5l. note for her; I said Yes - I told my father, and then as soon as the prisoner came and asked for some of the silver, I gave her all the money; I saw no more of her - the last time I gave her the 5l. note was on a Tuesday evening.</p>
<persName id="t18310908-20-person313"> SELINA PONTZ
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<interp inst="t18310908-20-person313" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . I know the prisoner - she came to me at Kensington on Tuesday night, and asked me to go with her to buy a frock in town; I went to town with her, in company with Conner, and she changed a 5l. note at a shop, for two shawls and a silk handkerchief; Conner took the change - we were coming back: I saw a Policeman - Conner said, "There are two Policemen coming - I am afraid you did not get this money honestly, and am afraid they will take me - I will chuck these three sovereigns away;" I saw him stoop, but do not know whether he threw them away - the prisoner afterwards said to him,"Why did you not give them to me, and I would have put them into my shoe?" he said, "If I had given them to you it would have been as bad as having them myself;" she cried, and said she should get murdered, for it had been given to her to get changed by Cusa - I went with her and her aunt that day, and bought a frock and some stockings.</p>
<persName id="t18310908-20-person314"> WILLIAM DAVIS
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<interp inst="t18310908-20-person314" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I was present when the prisoner was taken up - she objected to walk with the Policeman; I walked with her, and said if she had stolen the money she had better own it.</p>
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<interp inst="t18310908-20-person315" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a Policeman. I have a piece of cotton and one of the shawls which she bought, but I found no note nor money; I know Davis' house - it is in the parish of St. Mary Abbott's, Kensington.</p>
<p>Prisoner. I was driven to it by distress - my father turned me out of doors.</p>
<p>Two witnesses deposed to the prisoner's good character, and represented that she had been cruelly treated by her father, and compelled to remain in the streets all night.</p>
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<interp inst="t18310908-20-verdict128" type="verdictSubcategory" value="lesserOffence"/> GUILTY of stealing in the dwelling-house, but not of breaking and entering </rs> -
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<p>Strongly recommended to Mercy, on account of her tender years and destitute condition.</p> </div1></div0>

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