LUCY BRAND.
11th May 1785
Reference Numbert17850511-27
VerdictGuilty
SentenceCorporal > private whipping; Imprisonment

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549. LUCY BRAND alias WOOD was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 9th of May , one piece of silver coin, called half a crown, and five shillings and sixpence, the monies of Dennis Minors , privily from his person .

DENNIS MINORS sworn.

I was looking for a job of work, coming through a place, the woman at the bar and another woman was with her, this woman was drunk, and the other woman begged me to help her up stairs to her own room, it was in Whitechapel , I do not know the name of the street; I helped her up stairs, she then asked me to give her a drink, I gave her three-pence halfpenny for a pot of beer, and while the beer was gone for, I felt her take out my purse, and she cut the bottom out of it; she took one end of my purse out of my pocket, she strove to do it unknown to me; I was going and she came to my side, and took the purse out of my pocket, I followed her into the street and charged a constable with her; I had five and sixpence in silver, and half a crown; she cut the purse.

Did you find it afterwards? - Yes.

Why did not you hinder her from doing this? - I did not feel her, she run out and I followed her at the same time, I am sure of the woman, I am but a poor labouring man , she did not leave me two pence for my lodging, and I hope the Gentlemen will look upon me.

BENJAMIN NASH sworn.

Last Monday at noon time, I was going by George-yard, and I heard a number of people, and I went and found the prisoner in an empty room, I says to her knowing her before, Luce, where is the money, you have the money; I could not find any at all but a few halfpence, she was locked up, says they, now she has a shilling in her hand; I then searched her again, and then found a shilling and a sixpence in her hand, and then I found four shillings and sixpence more concealed.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I met this man, and he followed me up stairs, he was in liquor, and we was all almost in liquor, my husband wanted some money to drink, and I concealed it, I put the money in the tail of my shift.

GUILTY .

To be privately whipped and imprisoned one year .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.


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