4th February 1839
Reference Numbert18390204-831
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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831. CHARLOTTE BARTON was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of January, I sovereign, 2 half-crowns, 2 shillings, and 1 half-penny, the monies of James Thomas Francis, from his person.

JAMES THOMAS FRANCIS . I am a waterman. On the 13th of January, between nine and ten o'clock at night, I was walking up High-street, Deptford, in company with a friend, and went into the Centurion to have some refreshment—the prisoner came in while I was there, and called me by name—I took no notice of her, but came out, and went to the Lord Duncan—I came out of there, and walked down High-street—I got into conversation with her, and between Downing-street and Effingham-place, she put her hand into my waistcoat pocket, took out my money, and ran away with it—I ran after her, caught her, and took her into the Lord Duncan, where my friend was—I told him I had been robbed of my money—he asked her if she had any money about her—she said she had not a farthing—he saw she had something in her mouth, put his hand to her cheek, and found there was some money there—she directly ran out—I ran out after her, called a policeman, and gave her in charge—one half-crown, one shilling, and one half-penny were found in her mouth.

EDWARD CULMER . I was with the prosecutor on the 13th of January—in consequence of what he told me, I asked the prisoner if she had any money about her—she said she had not—I said, "If you have, you had better give it up to the young man"—she said she had no money at all about her—I said, "Don't say so, you have some in your mouth"—I put

my hand up to her cheek, and found money rattle in her mouth—she ran out—Francis followed, and gave her in charge.

Prisoner. They were intoxicated. Witness. We were not.

HENRY GUY (police-constable R 159.) On Sunday night, the 13th of January, I was on duty in Broadway, Deptford, and saw Francis and the prisoner—he told me she had robbed him of 1l. 7s., and desired me to take her into custody—I asked her if she had done so—she denied having taken any money at all, or having any—I took her to the station-house, and asked her to give me what she had in her mouth—she said she had nothing—I then took her by the throat, fearing she might swallow it, and she spat out a half-crown, and one shilling and one half-penny—the prosecutor was perfectly sober.

Prisoner's Defence. I met the prosecutor on this evening while I was in company with a young woman—he gave me a quartern of rum to drink at the Centurion—I said I would not stop there, as it was so public—we then went to the Lord Duncan, and had something there—he said he wanted to speak to me, and we went out—he said, "Cannot I go home with you?"—I said, "No, you cannot"—he said, "Cannot you come up here with me?"—I went with him up High-street—he was so tipsy he could hardly walk, and was very dirty—he then said be had lost his money—we went to the Lord Duncan, and Culmer asked me if I had his money—I said no, I had none but my own—they began to pull me about, and fearing I should lose my money, I put it into my mouth.

J. T. FRANCIS re-examined. The prisoner came to me in the Centurion, and I gave her something to drink there—I gave her something at the Lord Duncan also—I have known her from quite a child—her father and mother are dead—they were very respectable—her father was a warrant-officer—I never had any connexion with her in my life, but I understand she gets her living by walking the streets.

GUILTY . Aged 22.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined One Month.

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