27th February 1837
Reference Numbert18370227-842
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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842. WILLIAM CHAPPELL and MARY CHAPPELL were indicted for stealing, on the 1st of March, 1 shawl, value 7s., the goods of John parsons, from the person of Mary Ann Parsons.

MARY ANN PARSONS . I am thirteen years old, and am daughter of John Parsons, a carpenter in Ball-alley, Long-alley. I was on my way home from Crown-street on Wednesday, the 1st of March, and when I toned the corner into Long-alley I missed my shawl—I did not feel it taken off—I did not drop it—Mrs. Bowyer came up to me and gave me information—I went up to the prisoner William Chappell, and asked him for my shawl—he called roe a bad name, and struck me in my stomach—Mrs. Milward came and spoke to him, and he told her I was his sister; she then went away, and my mother came up—I saw him throw my shawl on the pavement to the female prisoner, and she picked it up—when my mother came up she dropped it, and Mrs. Bowyer picked it up—I met the officer and he took the prisoners into custody—this is my shawl.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Was it not before you lost your shawl that the prisoner struck you? A. No. afterwards—I had said nothing to him—I was going home down the alley—I did not stop to look at him—he did not ask me what I was staring at—I did not hear him say any thing to me—he had a bonnet in his hand—I did not make him a pert answer—there were several persons about when he throw it down.

MARGARET BOWYER . I am the wife of Henry Bowyer, and live in Rose and Crown-court, Long-alley. Between ten and eleven o'clock I was crossing the end of Sun-street to Long-alley—the prosecutrix was going along about four yards before me—I saw William Chappell take the shawl off her shoulder, and give it to the female prisoner—I turned round to him and said, "Don't take the girl's shawl"—he kicked her and ill used her, and said she was his sister, and so I did not interfere further—the female prisoner dropped the shawl from under her own shawl, and I took it up and gave it to the girl—the male prisoner said the prosecutrix was a b——young cowl, and to go home; and he kicked her in her stomach with his knee.

Cross-examined. Q. Had she walked a long distance before you? A. Not long—she did not go by the prisoners in my sight—they ran into the side-door of the Black Dog public-house—the child said she would call her mother, and they ran into Sun-street—he took the shawl the moment he came into the street—it was alldone in a moment—the male prisoner ran out first—he did not throw the shawl on the ground; he gave it to the female prisoner—I have heard the girl's evidence, but I assert what I have seen myself—the female dropped the shawl when he gave it to her—no conversation could have taken place between them.

ELIZABETH MILWARD . I live in Clifton-street, Finsbury. I just turned the corner of Long-alley, and saw the prosecutrix crying—the male Prisoner was near her—I asked what she was crying for—she said, "That

Man has been beating me, and ill using and kicking me"—I said, what for?"—she said, "He has stolen my shawl"—I went and asked what he had kicked and ill used her for—he said, "She has called me a thief"—I said, "If I could see a policeman I would give you in charge," and he came up to me and said, "What have you to do with it?"—I said, "I have to do with it; you had better strike me"—he said, "I would not mind giving you so and so"—directly the female prisoner came up and said, "What have you to do with it?" and represented that the male prisoner was brother to Parsons—I said I knew better, for I knew her very well—they made use of bad language, and I ran and fetched the mother, for I was afraid of them.

MARY ANN PARSONS . I am the prosecutrix's mother. I was fetched to the top of Long-alley—the male prisoner was at the corner—I asked who was the person that had robbed and ill-used my child—the male prisoner was pointed out—I went to him, took him by the collar, and asked if he was the man who had ill-used my child—he asked what I had to do with it—I said she was my child—he then went towards the City, and I saw a City policeman—I said, "There is an officer"—he turned round and I turned round with him, and said, "I will not leave you"—in passing the Black Dog the female said, "Come in here and have something, I will make any recompense"—I said, "Money will not recompense me"—the male prisoner then went down Long-alley, and I went with him—I sent for my husband and delivered him to him, and Miller took him in charge—he struck me on the head.

Cross-examined. Q. What is your husband's name? A. John Parsons.

GEORGE MILLER . I am a constable. I took the male prisoner into custody—the shawl was given to me.

JAMES PAINTER . (police-constable G 136.) I took the female prisoner in Worship-street, as she was waiting outside the office.

W. CHAPPELL— GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Twelve Months.


Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

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