20th September 1809
Reference Numbert18090920-28
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death

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656. ANN KENNINGTON and MATILDA DYER were indicted for feloniously making an assault upon Benjamin Burd in the king's highway, putting him in fear and feloniously taking from his person and against his will, a bank note, value 50. 2 bank notes, value 40 l. a bank note, value 10 l. and a bank note, value 5 l. his property .

Second count for like offence only stating it to be committed on the fourth.

BENJAMIN BURD . I am a Purser in the Navy . Q. Did you on the 3rd of August receive any bank notes, I did of Messrs. Praed and Company, 189, Fleet-street near Temple-bar, 105 l. in bank notes. On the evening of the same night between eleven and half past twelve, between Surry-street and Templebar , I was knocked down and hustled, my notes were taken from me.

COURT. What notes - A. One 50 l. two 20 l. one ten and one 5 l. I was so much stunned at the time that I did not know the parties.

Q. Do you know whether it was men or women - A. I do not know but I rather believe it was women.

Q. What induces you to think it was women - A. Because I saw women at the time, but I cannot say particularly.

Mr. Knox. Have you seen the notes since - A. Yes. I know the numbers of them, I went to the bank and ordered them to be stopped.

Q. Can you state the number of them - A. I can from the information that I received from the banker's clerk.

Mr. Reynolds. What time of the day was it you received these notes - A. About 4 o'clock.

Q. Where had you been on that morning till 4 o'clock - A. I had been on the town on business.

Q. Where did you dine - A. At my brother's at 5 o'clock, then I went to this coffee-house in Norfolk court, Surry-street.

Q. Were you sober - A. Not perfectly sober, but I was recollective enough.

Q. How lately before had you seen these notes - A. At 11 o'clock I counted them over.

Q. You were sober enough to recollect what numbers you had - A. Perfectly sober for that.

Q. Were you not desired to attend before the magistrate when a person of the name of Pike was examined - A. No.

Q. Do not you know that Mrs. Pike was taken up - A. I heard so the next morning. I received this letter from the bank to inform me that there was a twenty pound note stopped.

Mr. Reynolds. When you were at this private coffee-house did you recollect what numbers you had - A. Yes. I took them out of my pocket, I had them at the time.

JAMES HEBBER . I am clerk to Praeds and Co.

Q. Do you recollect paying any notes to Mr. Burd - A. I paid no notes, it appears from the books of our house that some notes were paid to him, the person that paid him, James Thomas, is here.

JAMES THOMAS . Q. You are clerk in the house of Messrs. Praed and Co. did you pay Mr. Burd on the 3d. of August any notes - A. I did a 50 l. 6,599, dated 14th July 1809, a 20 l. 6,802, 8th of March 1809, a 10 l. 8,169, 21st July 1809, a 5 l. 8,789 12th June 1809, making 105 l. and some odd money besides.

Mr. Reynolds. Do you recollect the person of Mr. Burd - A. I do.

JOHN POLLARD . I am a Publican.

Q. Do you know the prisoner Dyer - A. Yes, I saw her on the 4th of August, I gave her change for a 10 l. note dated 21st July 1809, No. 8,169.

Mr. Reynolds. Do you know these women - A. I know them both very well, they are both neighbours.

Q. You had no hesitation in taking this 10 l. note - A. None whatever. I never knew a dishonest act of them ever since I knew them.

WILLIAM ALDERS . I am a painter and glazier.

Q. Do you know the Prisoner Kennington - A. Yes. I saw her on the 4th of August: she gave me a 50 l. bank note, asked me if I could change it; I told her no; she told me if I could change it she would give me a shilling, I took it to the bank and gave it to one of the cashiers, they asked if it was mine.

COURT. Did you know the prisoner Kennington - A. I knew her perfectly well, she got her living by selling fish and fruit.

Q. Did she carry on a great trade so as to get a 50 l. note - A. I asked her how she got it she said by honesty. I wrote my name upon it, this is the same note.

ROBERT FISH . I am a clerk in the bank of England. I produce a 50 l. note 14th July 1809, 6,599, it has the name of, Mr. Alders upon it.

The prisoners left their defence to their counsel.

JOHN VICKREY . I am an officer of Worship-street.

Q. Do you remember a woman of the name of

Pike being taken up on this charge - A. I remember a woman being brought to the office in consequence of a 10 l. note that had been paid to Mr. Pollard; she was discharged that night in consequence of Mr. Pollard stating that he did not believe she committed the felony, Kennington appeared as a witness that night against Pike, Pike acknowledged to the magistrate that she had given a 50 l. note. I have been every where I could to find out Pike, I cannot find her.

Kennington called three witnesses who gave her a good character.

Dyer called one witness who gave her a good character.


DYER, GUILTY - DEATH , aged 33.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Heath.

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