MARY BIRD, MARY TERRY, JOHN WALKER BIRD.
6th December 1820
Reference Numbert18201206-93
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty; Not Guilty
SentencesTransportation

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93. MARY BIRD and MARY TERRY were indicted for stealing, on the 9th of November , six handkerchiefs, value 2 l. 2 s., the goods of Rhoda Wilson , privately in her shop ; and JOHN WALKER BIRD was indicted for feloniously receiving one handkerchief, value 7 s. part of the said goods, knowing it to be stolen .

SAMUEL WILSON . I live in the Minories . Rhoda Wilson is my mother, she is a silk mercer . On the 9th of November, at six o'clock in the evening, the two female prisoners came to the shop, and looked at some black and coloured silk handkerchiefs. I shewed them a quantity, they chose one black and one coloured, left me 2 s. on them, and promised to call in a few days for them and pay the remainder. In about an hour, on folding the handkerchiefs up, I missed six. I immediately sent to the different, pawnbrokers and found one at Mr. M'Ennis's, Sparrow-corner. Having occasion to go to Ratcliff-highway in the evening, I accidently saw the prisoners at a house looking at some silk handkerchiefs. I beckoned to a person in the shop to detain them till I got an officer. I did so, and we followed the prisoners to two public houses and then took them. I am positive they are the women. Mary Bird was scuffling with the officer, and two pieces of handkerchiefs fell from her, which the person at the house where I found them claimed. On Terry we found a duplicate of one of my mother's handkerchiefs. Nobody else had been in the shop till I missed them.

HENRY LUCEMORE . I am servant to Mr. Sowerby, pawnbroker, who lives in Cable-street. The prisoner Terry, on Thursday, the 9th of November, pledged a silk handkerchief for 3 s., and about seven o'clock Bird pledged one for 3 s.

FRANCIS JACKSON . On the 9th of November Mr. Wilson came and informed me, that two women in Mr. Sanders's shop had robbed him. I watched them out, and followed them along Ratcliff-highway to the Jolly Butchers. They came out of there and went to the Crooked Billett. Terry then came out and called for Toms. I apprehended them immediately. I found a duplicate on Terry. The male prisoner came to see them in the morning, and I stopped him.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

MARY BIRD 'S Defence. I went to my husband and asked him to pawn the handkerchief. I told him I bought it.

TERRY'S Defence. A young man came into the public-house, and asked me to pawn a handkerchief. He gave me the ticket as he was going to sea.

MARY BIRD - GUILTY . Aged 27.

MARY TERRY - GUILTY . Aged 57.

Transported for Seven Years .

J. W. BIRD - NOT GUILTY .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.


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