3rd April 1799
Reference Numbert17990403-52
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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253. ELIZABETH, otherwise SARAH BROWN , was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 22d of March , four guineas, the property of Edward Levi , privily from his person .

EDWARD LEVI sworn. - On the 22d of March, between ten and eleven o'clock at night, I was going into Bow-street to buy some eggs; the prisoner laid hold of me in Bow-street , and put her hands round me, and in quitting of me again, I observed her rather busy with her hands, which led me to suspect she had taken something from me; I put my hand in my pocket, and missed four guineas; I

then laid hold of her, and demanded my money; I told her if she gave it me by fair means, she should go about her business, and if not, I would take her to a proper place, and have her searched; she refused, and I confined both her hands, and took her across the street to Carpmeal's, and gave her into his custody; and upon his searching her, she dropped the money on the floor.

Q. How long was she with you? - A. Not three minutes.

Q. Had you any conversation? - A. None at all.

Q. She did not speak? - A. Yes; she said something to me, but I did not know what; she seemed to be rather in liquor.

Q. Were you perfectly sober? - A. Yes; I was as sober as I am this minute.

Q. Had you four guineas in your pocket before you met her? - A. Yes.

CARPMEAL sworn. - The last witness brought the prisoner into my house, on the 22d, between ten and eleven o'clock; I went to search her, and I observed her putting her hands towards her pocket, and the four guineas dropped upon the floor. (Produces them).

Prisoner's defence. I met this man in Bow-street; he asked me if he could go home with me; I asked him what he would make me a present of; he said, four guineas; but whether he gave me the four guineas, or whether I took it, I cannot say, for I was very much intoxicated.

GUILTY (Aged 27.)

Of stealing, but not privately .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron HOTHAM.

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