18th February 1830
Reference Numbert18300218-99
VerdictNot Guilty

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596. MARY ANN WILSON was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of February , 1 watch, value 30s.; 1 seal value 5s., and 1 key, value 1d., the goods of William Watts , from his person .

WILLIAM WATTS . At a quarter before one o'clock in the morning of the 14th of February, I met the prisoner in Shire-lane, with another girl - I had seen them before in Fleet-street; I agreed to go home with the other girl - we went to No. 4, Shire-lane : we went into a room alone - I had my watch in my fob, and while I was talking to the other girl, the prisoner came in, and told me not to make such a noise in the house; I did not perceive the prisoner do any thing, but when I was going to part with the other girl I missed my watch - the other girl could not take it; she was sitting a yard and a half from me; I was standing up - I was not quite sober, but I knew what I was about; a Police-man told me next morning that he had found my watch - I had had the other girl taken up, as I did not know but she might have taken it, as we were entering the room together; we all three went out of the room together, and in going down the lane I went to look at my watch, and it was gone - I took it out in the room to see the time, and I believe I put it into my trouser's pocket.

THOMAS HILL . I am a Police-constable. I took the prisoner at half-past one o'clock the same morning - the prosecutor had described what had occurred; he described her person, and I found her in Fleet-street - I charged the prisoner with stealing the watch; she denied it, but I found it in her hand.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Had you seen the prosecutor that night? A. Yes - he said he had been with the two women; he gave the other in charge for stealing the watch - she was discharged on the Monday; he accused the other woman of stealing 3s. 6d., but when he got half-way he said he gave the money into her hand- he was not sober.

WILLIAM WATTS. This is my watch.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Do you mean that you was not nearer to the woman than a yard and a half? A. No - we walked up the lane together with the other woman; I had agreed to give that woman 3s. - I had not 3s., and laid half a crown and one shilling on the table; she

put it into her bosom; I made a noise, and the landlord came up - we all went down together, and we settled it; she might have given the prisoner the watch - I did charge that girl with stealing it.

Prisoner's Defence. I met the girl, and she gave me the watch.


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