14th January 1818
Reference Numbert18180114-42
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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208. MARY GILDERSLEEVES was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of December , one tea-chest, value 1l.; three spoons, value 7s.; two pair of sugar-tongs, value 7s.; two gowns, value 7s.; one pelisse, value 10s.; one spencer, value 5s.; six pair of stockings, value 6s.; two petticoats, value 4s.; one night-gown, value 1s.; seven caps, value 7s.; two handkerchiefs, value 5s.; one box, value 1s.; two broaches, value 6s.; two pins value 2s.; one pair of ear-rings, value 3s.; and two books, value 3s., the goods of William Bunting , in the dwelling-house of John Wiltshire .

SOPHIA BUNTING . I am the wife of William Bunting, who lives in John Wiltshire's house, in Peter's-lane , we have the back-room on the second floor. On the 4th of December, my husband being in the country, my landlady asked me to let the prisoner sleep with me a few nights till she could give her a place. She slept with me on the 4th and 5th of December; on the morning of the 6th she went out for two hours, and returned about six o'clock at night. I was ill - She persuaded me to lay a-bed. She went out about six; she told me if I would lay down she would do my ironing for me. I slept-when I awoke I missed her and the property stated in the indictment.

ELIZA HARDY . I lodge in the house. On the 7th of January I saw the prisoner in Drury-lane, with a large work-bag of things and a basket. I followed her down White Hart-yard, took hold of her arm, and said, "Caroline!" which was the name she went by at our house. She said, her name was not Caroline. I said she was the person who robbed Mrs. Bunting; she said I was mistaken, and wished me to go home with her. I took her into two shops, and begged of them to get an officer - They would not. I took her to Bow-street myself, and gave her in charge. There was a cap and a pair of stockings in her bag, which Mrs. Bunting claimed.

JOHN SMITH . I am an officer. The prisoner was brought to the office. I found a great quantity of duplicates on her which relate to the property.

GEORGE BRAGG. I am shopman to Mr. Neat, who is a pawnbroker. On the 12th of December the prisoner pledged a tea-chest with me for 7s. 6d.; the duplicate found on her is mine.

THOMAS SAUNDERS . I am shopman to Mr. Morritt, pawnbroker. On the 15th of December two aprons and a handkerchief were pledged with me. The duplicate found on the prisoner is mine.

WILLIAM SHARP . I am shopman to Messrs. Morritt and Lee. On the 26th of December the prisoner pledged a broach with me for 2s. 6d.

JOHN GAMMON. I am shopman to Mr. Mercer, pawnbroker. Two books were pledged with me by a woman for 4s.6d. The duplicate found on the prisoner is mine.

JOHN MAY . I am shopman to Mr. T. Ward, pawnbroker. I have a broach pledged with me in the name of Mary Ryan for 1s.

JAMES BENNETT . I am shopman to Mr. Brooks, pawnbroker. I have a pelisse pledged with me for 7s. in the name of Ryan.

THOMAS REEVE . I am shopman to Mr. Benton, pawnbroker. The spoons were pledged with me on the 6th of December by a woman for 4s. 6d.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner. I beg for mercy.

GUILTY. Aged 19.

Of Stealing to the value of 39s. only .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Park.

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