11th May 1835
Reference Numbert18350511-1183
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1183. CATHERINE HATCHER was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of April, 1 watch, value 30s., the goods of James Malcolm Wright, from his person.

WILLIAM UNDERWOOD . I am a butcher, and live in Heath-street, Stepney. On the 15th of April I was outside the White Swan, at Shadwell—I saw the prisoner and two mdre females, and the prosecutor and another seafaring man, all in conversation—a cab drove up, and I saw the prisoner put her hand to the prosecutor's right-hand jacket-pocket, and take something out—the policeman came up the minute after, and took the prisoner—he put his hand into her bosom and took out a small yellow watch—the prosecutor was rather intoxicated.

THOMAS SMITH (police-constable K 157.) I went up to the prisoner, and said, "Old girl, what have you got there?" seeing something shine between her fingers—she made use of some had expressions, and put her hand into her bosom—I put my hand in and found this watch, which the prosecutor claimed; but he did not then know he had lost it.

JAMES MALCOLM WRIGHT . I am a sailor. I knew the prisoner before I went on my last voyage; I lived with her—I had a little yellow watch—I had never called it her little watch—on the day in question, I had it about me—the prisoner had no rigfct to take it—I never allowed her to use it—on the day this happened I was in liquor—I had no intention of giving her the watch—I never said I would.

Prisoner. He lived with me seven years; and when he came home from sea, I had moved—lie came to me, and staid from the Wednesday till Friday, and he said he would make me a present of this watch for old acquaintance sake—he was then going to Staines, and I said I would give him these two seals—he said what was the use of the seals without the

watch?"—I then gave him the watch, and he went to Staines—he returned in a fortnight—I saw him in the highway with two women and a shipmate—he said, he hoped I would not be offended, but he had given the two seals away—I said, very likely he had the watch too—he said, "No, I have not, and if you do not believe it, here it is"—he bit the ribbon of it that was round his neck, and gave it me—the officer then came and said, "What have you got about you?"—I said, "Nothing particular; I have his watch, which he gave me"—he said, "Give it me;" and he took it—we went to the King David station-house, and they would not take the charge—the prosecutor said, any thing he had I was welcome to, as he had lived at my house, and I had had a great deal to take care of for him—he gave me a silver-mounted card case on the day he gave me the watch, and this discharge from the ship, to take care of—I never snatched his watch from him.

JAMES MALCOLM WRIGHT . These things were taken out of my pocket unknown to me—I never gave them to her.

GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Three Months.

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