15th January 1829
Reference Numbert18290115-135
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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400. JOHN FLETCHER & MARY MARSHALL were indicted for stealing, on the 19th of December , 1 blanket, value 4s. , the goods of Joseph Davis .

MARY DAVIS . I am the wife of Joseph Davis. The prisoners came to lodge at my house on the 19th of December, and were to give me 5s. 6d. per week - they had been but about two hours in my room, and were in and out a good deal; I began to be suspicious that they did not bring the goods they had said they would, and set my daughter to watch them - Marshall went and pawned a counterpane belonging to Mrs. Kemsley, and then she went and pawned a blanket of mine.

MARTIN SUTTON . I am a pawnbroker. This blanket, which is claimed by Mrs. Davis, was pawned with me by the female prisoner, on the evening of the 19th of December.

SUSANNAH CORNFORTH . I am the daughter of Mrs. Davis. She told me to watch the female prisoner - I followed her to the pawnbroker's, and never lost sight of he till she went in there.

MARY DAVIS re-examined. Q. Was the man in the room when the woman went out? A. I believe he shaved himself, and went out after her - I went up just before, and saw him shaving himself; she had the key of the room when she returned - there is a private door, and we were in the shop; she told me she did it by his desire.

JURY. Q. Did you have any reference? A.She told me she came from a good way off - I think Hampstead-road, and said she was going to bring in a mahogany table and a chest of drawers.

Marshall put in a written Defence, pleading extreme poverty, and stating that she has been respectably situated in life.


Transported for Seven Years .


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