21st October 1889
Reference Numbert18891021-839
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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839. MARY SINCLAIR (52) and SARAH PEND (39) , Stealing a ring, the goods of John James Durant and another.

MR. ORMSBY Prosecuted.

WILLIAM JAMES SLEEMAN . I am manager to John James Durant and Son, jewellers, of 126, Cheapside—on 2nd October the prisoners came in

about half-past four, and Sinclair asked for wedding-rings—I showed them twenty-two arranged on a triangular-shaped wire which holds them in the window—they were counted by our engraver, who handed them to me—Sinclair tried on two or three, but said that they were not broad enough, and that they thought the best thing would be for their friend to come and select one for herself, and that she would come on the following Friday—they then left the shop—I immediately counted the rings, and found one missing—it was a 22-carat gold wedding-ring of the value of 20s.—I next saw the prisoners on the 10th at Cloak Lane Police-station; I identified them from among others—I have not the least doubt they are the persons—the rings were taken off the wire and placed on the counter between the two prisoners, and just in front of them both.

ALBERT CHAMBERS . I am engraver to Messrs. Durant and Son, 126, Cheapside—on 2nd October the two prisoners called about four, and Sinclair asked to see some wedding-rings—I fetched twenty-two on a wire, counted them twice, and gave them to Mr. Sleeman—Sinclair examined and tried some on, and none suiting, they left—I heard occasional utterances; I stood at the back of the shop—directly they left I found one was missing—I identified the prisoners at the Police-station from among others; I have not the least doubt about them.

JOHN EGAN (City Detective). I took the two prisoners into custody on the 9th, on another charge—afterwards, when charged with stealing this ring, they both said they knew nothing about it.

W. J. SLEEMAN (Re-examined). Pend said nothing till Sinclair asked her, and then she said she thought it would be best for a friend to come—Sinclair had suggested that.

The Prisoners, in their defence, said they knew nothing about the matter.

GUILTY .—PEND then PLEADED GUILTY** to a conviction of felony in October, 1878, at this Court in the name of Mary Margaret M'Cull.— Fifteen Months' Hard Labour each.

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