22nd February 1858
Reference Numbert18580222-295
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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295. REBECCA ELLIOTT (36), and AMELIA SMITH (30), were indicted for stealing 1 pair of boots, value 15s., the property of Emily Sammons; and other goods, value 12l., the property of Daniel Thomas Lyons Clanchy, in his dwelling house.—2nd COUNT, Feloniously receiving the same.

MR. ORRIDGE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM WREFORD (Citypolice sergeant, 54.) On 9th Feb., I was on duty in Cutler Street, City, between 12 and 1 o'clock at noon, with Baker, and saw the two prisoners—we pursued them and got up to them under an archway in Cutler Street; Baker laid hold of Smith, who had the plate; Elliott was proceeding on—I then took Smith; Baker went and took Elliott—Smith had something under her arm, under her shawl—I examined the bundle at the station; it contained this silver tea pot, toast rack, cruet stand, decanter stand, and a variety of things.

COURT. Q. You say Elliott was proceeding on? A. She was, merely at the same pace that she was going before; Smith was stopped, and she walked on.

CHARLES BAKER (City policeman, 635). I was with Wreford on duty in Cutler Street, on 9th Feb., between 12 and 1 o'clock—from information I received I went in pursuit of the prisoners—I saw them and a man come out of a court in Cutler Street—they saw me and turned back; they were coming towards me—I ran after them; I took Smith and gave her to Wreford while I went after Elliott and took her into custody in the Clothes Exchange, and took her to the station—I charged her with the unlawful possession of the things—she said the woman had picked them up—I asked her where—she said in some street, but she did not know the name of the street—Smith gave her address at No. 8, James Street, Kensington, and Elliott in Fulham fields, but she did not know what street.

Cross-examined by MR. COOPER (for Elliott). Q. Did Smith say anything? A. She said she picked it up—I afterwards found this blanket at Mr. Hampstead's, a pawnbroker at Hammersmith.

MARY ANN BOWYER . I am a searcher at the Bishopsgate police station—I searched the prisoners when they were brought there—on Smith I found this silver mustard spoon and four duplicates; I found nothing on Elliott.

EMILY SAMMONS . I am cook in the employ of Mr. Clanchy, of No. 5, Campden Hill Road, Kensington. On Tuesday morning, 9th Feb., I came down stairs at 8 o'clock, and saw that the table cloth was off the table in the breakfast parlour, the area door wide open, the sideboard cupboard open, and the plate all gone; this is it; it is all my master's property—I had known Smith for about six weeks previous to the robbery—I have employed her occasionally to wash my dresses, nothing more—I saw her last on 4th Feb.—I can

swear to this blanket, it is my master's property; it had been on the kitchen chair before the fire; it had come home from the wash the night before.

Cross-examined. Q. Are they silver or plated goods? A. The cruet stand is silver, and the spoon also; the others are plated.

HENRY HAMPSTEAD . I am a pawnbroker, in King Street, Hammersmith. On Tuesday morning, 9th Feb., the two prisoners came to my shop, about 8 o'clock—they were not together, they were in separate departments—Smith offered me this spoon for sale, and told me she had a quantity more plate, would I buy it—she held up a parcel, it sounded like plate, but I did not look at it—I asked how she came by it—she said she had found it—I told her she had better take it to the station house—before that she produced this blanket and table cover, which I bought of her for 4s.—I sold the table cover on that same day—I asked Elliott what she wanted there; she said she was waiting for a person—that was all she said—no business transaction took place with her—the two women left the shop; when they got to the door Elliott was going to part, but Smith asked her to come on, and have something to drink—my foreman watched them—I saw them leave my shop together, and speak to one another at the door.

Cross-examined. Q. I believe you have known Elliott for sometime? A. Yes, I should say about eighteen years—her husband is a brick maker, what is called a moulder—I never knew any thing against her—she has borne the character of an honest, industrious woman.

COURT. Q. Did you see Elliott come into your shop? A. I cannot say that I did, or Smith either—it was very early in the morning—I had only just come into the shop; I came down and found them both there.

DANIEL THOMAS LYONS CLANCHY . I live at No. 5, Campden Hill Road, Kensington—this plate is my property; it is worth about 12l.—my servant came up in the morning, and alarmed me.

EMILY SAMMONS re-examined. I had not been down in the morning previous to 8 o'clock—I had not seen the property safe that morning; I had seen it at 10 o'clock the night before—I was the first down in the morning.

Smith's Defence. I was going to Hampstead on the morning of the 9th to meet a person about some work, about 8 o'clock in the morning; as I was going along I saw a bundle on a bank, I picked it up, it was very heavy; I was speaking to Elliott; she said she had got some work to take home, and went away with her basket; while she was gone, I opened the bundle and found what it contained; I tied it up in a smaller parcel; Elliott returned to me, she accompanied me to Mr. Hampstead's, where I am well known, and where I have been in the habit of pledging for the last fifteen or sixteen years, and he never knew any thing wrong of me; I told him I found the bundle of plate, and showed him the spoon; he said it was very good; I put the blanket and table cover on the table and asked 6s. for them; he wrote a ticket for 4s.; I said the ticket was of no use to me, and I left it there; he gave me 4s., and I left the shop, in company with Elliott; I asked her to have something to drink; I was afraid to take the plate to the station house, in case I should be taken in custody, and thought I had better keep it; Elliott did not know what the bundle contained; I went on the road to Hoxton, and Elliott went with me, as she knew the way; but she took the wrong road, which brought us out where the policemen apprehended us; as we were going along, two men who looked like Jews, knocked against me, and the plate rattled; they said, "What have you got here?" I said, "Nothing"—they said, "Come in here, and we will buy it;" I would not sell it, and went on, and I suppose because I would not sell it they gave information to the police,

for two or three minutes afterwards I was taken into custody; I am innocent; I found the plate; I did not intend to dispose of it; I have a large family, and my husband has been eighteen years in a good situation; I had no cause to do such a thing; if I had stolen the property I should not have taken it to a pawnbroker's, where I was known.

HENRY HAMPSTEAD re-examined. I have known Smith some years, almost as long as I have known Elliott—I can not say whether I knew where she lived; I have known her by sight quite seventeen years—I did not know exactly where Elliott lived; I knew it was somewhere close in the neighbourhood.


SMITH— GUILTY .**— Confined Eighteen Months.

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