6th June 1810
Reference Numbert18100606-19
VerdictNot Guilty

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421. SOPHIA SMITH and ELIZABETH BUTLER were indicted for feloniously assaulting John Wain on the 9th of May , putting him in fear and taking from his person and against his will two handkerchiefs, value 2 s. a promissory note for the payment of one pound, four one pound bank notes, and a two pound bank note , his property.

JOHN WAIN. I am a farmer , I live at Hillingdon. On Wednesday the 9th of May, I went into the Turk's Head, George-street, St. Giles's, to get a pint of beer. The prisoners came in and asked me for some liquor and after that they decoyed me to another house.

Q. What do you mean by decoying you. - A. One took hold of one arm and the other the other.

Q. Were you sober - A. I had some liquor; I knew what I was about, I was at the Turk's Head an hour and a half and about an hour with them, they asked me for gin I gave it them, I had a glass or two I believe.

Q. Now sir if they took you one by one arm and one by the other where did they take you to - A. They took me into Church-street , into a room there, they kept me there till between ten and eleven o'clock.

Q. What o'clock was it when you went - A. Between eight and nine. When they got me up they rifled my pockets, they put the candle out and as soon as they had robbed me they turned me down stairs; they broke my knuckles the blood was running down my fingers.

Q. I want to know which of them took the money out of one pocket and which out of the other, and which of them it was - A. I had my money only in one pocket it was loose; a two pound bank note, four one pound bank notes, and a one pound Uxbridge note, they took the handkerchief off my neck, they were both concerned in robbing me they turned me into the street; I called the watch, he came directly and took Sophia Smith , the other was gone she was taken afterwards; when I saw her at Marlborough-street, I knew her directly.

JOSHUA PEEL . I am a patrol. On the 9th of May, a little after eight o'clock, I saw Sophia Smith , and Elizabeth Butler bring the prosecutor out of the house, Smith had hold of his right arm and the other the left, I said to my partner, do not you see carrotty Sophy and the other has got that farmer, we shall hear of a robbery to-night; they went up Church-street, the prosecutor did not appear to be sober. At eleven o'clock when I was going my beat, the prosecutor says, watchman, I have been robbed; that was about three hours after I first saw him, he told me there were three women that did it, one was a carrotty haired woman, I then put him into a house and went to the watchman in George-street, he has been on that beat many years, I asked him where carrotty Sophy lived, he said he believed he did; I went with him he went up stairs, I staid by the door, he told me that he had got her, I fetched the prosecutor he went with me into the room, I then desired him to look at Sophia Smith as she was in bed, he said, it was her he could tell better when she was dressed; and when she was dressed he said, that is one of the women; we took her to the watch house he charged her.

Q. Did you search her - A. No, I told the watchman to search her, nothing was found upon her as I know of. I took Elizabeth Butler nine or ten days afterwards, she was very drunk sitting at a door; when I got her to the watchhouse I told her what I took her for, she denied it. the other that went by the name of Uxbridge Bet, I could not find her.

Smith's Defence. I am innocent.

Butler's Defence. I was in the Turk's head when this man came in, I saw him with two more girls; when the prosecutor was there me and two more girls went to the Robin Hood to have some more drink. Uxbridge Bet bade me good night; she had a room and took him up stairs.


Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

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