24th October 1798
Reference Numbert17981024-20
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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567. MARGARET BATTERSBY was again indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 22d of October , a base metal watch gilt with gold, value 2l. 5s. the property of Thomas Jones , in his dwelling-house .

THOMAS JONES sworn. - I am a silversmith and pawnbroker , in Fleet-street : On Monday last, the prisoner came into my shop between four and five o'clock, and desired me to shew her some watches, I shewed her some; she wished to look at one in the window, in a green case, I shewed it to her; after seeing that, that did not please her, she wished to look at a thin one, because they were more fashionable than the others; then, after seeing that, she wanted to look at some wedding rings, I shewed her one, which she put upon her finger, and which was rather too tight for her, I assisted her in taking it off; in the mean while, with the other hand, I saw her drop her cloak over the watches, my suspicion was well grounded, she conveyed one of the watches under her cloak, which I suppose she put in her pocket; I immediately laid hold of her by the shoulder, and asked her where she was going with that watch; I searched her, and took it out of her hand; Mr. Smith laid hold of her, and took it out of her hand.

John Younghusband produced the watch.

Jones. This is the watch I had shewn her, it has my private mark upon it.

Prisoner's defence. I did not do it from any bad principle, but from distress.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 39s .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

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