27th February 1837
Reference Numbert18370227-734
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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734. CATHERINE TAYLOR was indicted for a misdemeanor.

WILLIAM HENRY HOSLING . I am an errand-boy at the "Age" office, in Drury-lane. On the 22nd of February, about nine o'clock, I saw the prisoner in the shop of Mr. Croft, a butcher—I heard a person say, "You ought to be ashamed of yourself," (alluding to a boy in the shop,) "suppose that boy had taken it?"—the prisoner came out of the shop, and turned toward Blackmoor-street, where she joined another female, and a man—I followed them, and the other female said to the prisoner, "There is a kid after you"—I followed them to the end of Blackmoor-street—they turned to the right, and stopped there about two minutes—they then walked down Clare-street to the shop of Mr. Lindsey—the prisoner went in—I watched till she came out, and I went into the shop—I saw Hibner—I then went with North to seek after the prisoner—I saw her in company with the same female—North took her back to the shop.

WILLIAM HIBNER . I am shopman to Mr. Lindsey, a butcher. The prisoner came to his house on the 22nd of February, at a quarter to nine o'clock in the evening, for three mutton chops, which came to 8d.—she gave me a half-crown—I gave her change—she went out—I picked up the half-crown, and put it into the bowl—I thought it was good—there was no other there—Hosling came in, and from what he said, I looked at the half-crown, and found it had—I sent North after her—he brought her back, and she was taken into custody—I gave the half-crown to the policeman.

THOMAS SIMMONDS (police-constable F 152.) I went into the shop, and took the prisoner—I charged her with uttering a bad half-crown, and asked if she had any more about her—she said she had not—she refused to let me search her—I said she must walk as far as Bow-street—she refused, and struck me a violent blow on the forehead—I got Thomas the beadle, and took her to Bow-street—in going along she tore her right hand from me, put it into her bosom, and dropped a bad half-crown—Jones took that up—Thomas took up another on the road, which I did not see her drop—she was searched at the station-house—and gave up a good half-crown, a shilling, and 5 1/2 d. in coppers—this is the half-crown I got from Hibner—these other two I got one from Jones, and one from Thomas—this is the good half-crown, a good shilling, and 5 1/2 d., in copper—she gave up a bottle of blacking, a piece of soap, and a key with the money—she was afterwards searched, and nothing found on her.

ALEXANDER THOMAS . I assisted in taking the prisoner—she struggled very hard—she dropped the meat she had purchased at the door, with the blacking and a piece of soap—on going a few doors she dropped a half-crown which I picked up, and gave up at the station to the sergeant.

JOHN JONES (police-constable F 124.) As soon as the prisoner came out of the shop, I saw her drop a half-crown—I took it up and gave it

to the sergeant—directly after I saw her drop another half-crown, which Thomas took up—at the station I saw her hand in her pocket—I asked what she had got, and she gave me a good half-crown, a shilling, and some halfpence.

MR. FIELD. These are all three counterfeit—two are from the same mould.

Prisoner. I know nothing about the two half-crowns—they held both my hands in going to the station—I could not possibly put them into my bosom.

THOMAS SIMMONDS re-examined. I had hold of both her hands, but she snatched one away, and put it into her bosom.

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Confined One Year.

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