JANE WILSON, CLARA LEWIS.
1st February 1841
Reference Numbert18410201-624
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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624. JANE WILSON and CLARA LEWIS were indicted for stealing, on the 11th of January, I watch, value 5l., and 1 handkerchief, value 3s.; the goods of George Elvidge, from his person.

GEORGE ELVIDGE . I am a tailor, living in Charles-street, Hatton-garden—I am married. About one o'clock, on the 11th of January, I went into a public-house, and took a glass of ale—I saw Wilson there—no conversation took place between us, but when I came out the wished me to go home with her—I declined it, and said I was married, and had a family—Lewis then came up—they took hold of each arm, and forced me into a brothel, in a court about seven yards from the public-house—Idid not halloo out, because I considered I was in fear, being in a bad house—when I got in, both the prisoners began rifling me—I succeeded in getting my money from them again—my watch was taken out of my pocket two or three times by Wilson, and I forced it out of her hand—I wished to come away, but they said I should not, till I gave something to drink—I said I had no objection, provided they would let me go quietly—I put down 1s., they said that was not enough—I then put down 1s. 6d.—I said I could hardly spare it, having a family to support—Lewis then went for some drink, and when she returned they both began rifling my pockets again—Wilson then went out, and I missed my watch directly—it was safe when Lewis went out for the drink—I said to Lewis my watch was gone, and she said she would go with me to find the party—we went out—I directly met a policeman and told him—I missed my handkerchief also, and found it at the station.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Did the landlady of the public-house refuse to let you have any more drink? A. Yes—I had two glasses of ale there—it was past twelve o'clock—I was tipsy—the court in which the prisoners took hold of me was in my way home from Kennington—Iwas forced into the brothel quite against my will—there were two men standing at the door—I am lame, but if I had had two legs to stand on I might have resisted—there was no other woman there—I gave the money for some rum and a pot of ale—I did not drink any of it—I wished to get quietly away—it was then between one and two o'clock—I was about 100 yards from home—I came home in the omnibus—I stated at Hatton-garden that there were two men at the door of the brothel, and I believe the watch was given to them.

MART ANN REDMAN . I am the searcher at the station. I found this handkerchief in Lewis's hand, under her cloak—she said it was here—I found nothing on Wilson.

CHARLES COUSINS (police-constable G 42.) I took Lewis, and the prosecutor said she was one of the women that was in his company—Lewis said, "It is not me you want, it is Irish Jane"—I found Wilson in the room about an hour afterwards, she was up by the side of the bedstead concealed—she said she knew nothing about any man or watch either.

Cross-examined. Q. Was any body else in the room? A. Yes, a man.

Lewis's Defence. I said the handkerchief was mine, because I thought it belonged to a young man who had been to see me that day.

NOT GUILTY .


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