4th July 1833
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1034. MARGARET BENNET was indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of May , 1 shawl, value 1s. 6d.; 1 pair of shoes, value 6d.; 1 cap, value 6d.; 1 basket, value 6d.; 1 collar, value 6d.; and 2 handkerchiefs, value 6d . the goods of Elizabeth Rose .

ELIZABETH ROSE. I live at No. 8, Great James-street, Lisson-grove , and work at the tailoring business . On the morning of the 22d of May, I was walking in Edgware-road and met the prisoner who was a stranger, she spoke to me; we got into conversation, and I let her go home with me to have a breakfast, as she said she had been walking and was very tired - I laid down on my bed, not being very well, and I fell asleep, leaving her up; I don't think I slept more than a quarter of a hour; when I awoke

the prisoner was gone, and I missed the articles stated - I saw the greater part of the articles found in about three quarters of an hour afterwards, at the prisoner's lodging by the officer - the prisoner was there at the time and said, she was very vexed to think she had done such a thing, and she would not do so any more.

RACHAEL HARMAN . I live at No. 6, Hollis-street - the prisoner came to my house that morning - I did not see her bring any basket - I did not see her come in, but I was there at the time - she did not lodge with me then, but she used to lodge there, and she came there that morning.

Q. Did you see any basket in her hand? A. No; she asked me to pawn a shawl for her, which I did in the Edgware-road, and gave the duplicate to the prisoner.

Q. Did you put your mark to this paper? (her deposition). A. Yes - I did not see her come in - I saw a basket found when the policeman came - I did not see it before.

Q. Now I give you time to recollect yourself, I ask you whether you saw her come into your house? A. No, Sir, I did not - I never said I saw her come in with a basket.

Q. Is not this your mark to this paper? A. Yes, Sir; I did not see the basket till the officer came and found it.

Q. Was not the paper read over to you, and were you not asked if the contents of it were true? A. Yes.

DENNIS KEAYES (police-constable, D 113). I went to the house and found the prisoner in bed - I found a basket with a cap and a collar in it on the stairs in the passage- I did not find the prisoner then, but I found her when I went there again - I asked the prosecutrix if she was the girl; she said, yes; the prisoner denied it, but after she went to the station she said, she was very sorry and hoped it would be looked over.

THOMAS NEWTON . I am a pawnbroker. I took in this shawl of the witness, Rachel Harman , on the 22nd of May.

Prisoner's Defence. I met this woman, on the morning in question, at half-past three o'clock - she had hold of a gentleman's arm, who pushed her away; she then came to me and asked, if I knew where there was a public-house? I said, No - she then asked me to walk with her for half an hour, and she would treat me when the public-houses opened - we then went and had three quarterns of rum - she forced me to drink some of it - I was thanking her, and wishing her good morning, when she asked me to go to her place; I said, my landlady would be uneasy; she said, "Nonsense, come to my place and you shall have some more" - I went with her and she made tea; a young woman then came in, and she sent her for half a pint of gin - I was quite intoxicated and went home - I knew nothing of this till the officer came and took me.

ELIZABETH ROSE . All I gave her was a cup of tea, which she made, and brought me some on the bed - I did not meet her till six o'clock in the morning; I went out to take a walk before I began work - the prisoner said she had been walking all night and was very tired.

GUILTY . Aged 20.

Rachael Harman was committed for perjury.

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