28th February 1842
Reference Numbert18420228-905
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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905. SARAH WATSON was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of February, at St. George's, Bloomsbury, 3 sovereigns, 8 half-sovereigns, 4 half-crowns, 18 shillings, 9 sixpences, and 5 groats, the monies of James Hopkinson, in his dwelling-house.

JOHN AXTELL . I am in the service of James Hopkinson, grocer, No. 18. Broad-street, Bloomsbury. On the evening of the 8th of February the prisoner came into the shop for an ounce of cocoa—I served her, and Mr.

Hopkinson inquired about a paper parcel, which was on the counter when she came in—she had placed herself opposite where it was—I had not missed it till it was inquired after—the prisoner then removed herself to the farther end of the counter—Mr. Hopkinson spoke to her about it—she said she bad seen nothing of it, and denied it several times—I then lifted up her shawl, felt round her arm, and there was something under her gown—I took this paper parcel from under her gown, about her waist-band—she then said somebody had placed it there—there were two shopmen, and two female customers, besides her, in the shop—the parcel was opened, and contained 7l. in gold, and 1l. 14s. 2d. in silver—it was the money which had been taken in the shop the day before, and was tied up like papers of halfpence—it was my employer's.

FRANCIS MORRIS (police-constable E 78.) The prisoner was given into my charge—Mr. Hopkinson gave me the money, tied in a paper parcel—it was opened in my presence—I counted 82.14s. 2d. in gold and silver, and a memorandum specifying the amount—I asked where she lodged—she said in George-street, and got her living by selling lucifer matches—she was charged with begging a fortnight before, and sent to the workhouse, but was turned out of there, she says.

GUILTY . Aged 14.— Judgment Respited.

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