Mary Rimer, Theft > pocketpicking, 6th September 1753.

Reference Number: t17530906-27
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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402. (L.) Mary Rimer , spinster , was indicted for stealing one guinea, the money of David Wheatley , privately from the person of Ann Wheatley , July 11 . *

Ann Wheatley. On the 11th of July, I was sitting by a little child in a cradle in my house near the ditch side: I had given the prisoner and her mother leave to lie in my house. I missed a guinea, and the prisoner being charged with it, she own'd she took it out of my pocket when I was sitting by the cradle, to me, the constable, and before the sitting alderman.

James Wheatley . I went and fetched the constable; there was 13 s. 6 d. lying on the table, which was taken out of the prisoner's pocket, she said she had changed it. She confess'd in my hearing that she took a guinea out of my mother's pocket.

The prisoner had nothing to say in her defence, but that she was not 12 years old.

For the Prisoner.

Hannah Cotton . I have known the prisoner from four years old, I have employed her many times. I never knew her wrong me. I took her to be an honest girl.

Susannah Wright . I have known her about five years, and I never lost any thing by her.

Guilty , Death. RECOMMENDED .


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