5th April 1841
Reference Numbert18410405-1031
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1031. MARY ANN COOPER was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of February, 1 half-sovereign, 2 half-crowns, and 1 groat, the monies of Jeffery Turner, from the person of Susannah Ireland.

SUSANNAH IRELAND . I am between ten and eleven years old. I am niece to Mrs. Turner. On the 13th of February I went to Mr. Halbert's pawn-shop, with three half-crowns, a four-penny piece, and a half-sovereign—the prisoner came into the. pawn-shop, and looked over me, and asked me, was my mother there?—I said "No"—I did not knew her before—then she asked me to go out with her—when I got to the door, she said she was going to get her husband's hat out, and as soon as she got to the corner of Harp-alley, she asked me to let her wrap my money up—she said she had something to say to my mother—she gave me a bit of paper—I was wrapping it up, and she said she would wrap it up for me—she wrapped it up, put it in a silk purse, and put it in my bosom—I am sure I had wrapped up the half-sovereign and three half-crowns—when she took the paper from me, she told me to go and give up my tickets to Mr. Halbert, and wait till she came—she went away—I took out the bit of paper from my bosom, and there was no thing but two penny pieces in it—I thought she had put the other money in it—she saw me looking at it, and ran off—I am sure she is the woman—I saw her again three weeks ago at the station, at Smithfield—I knew her directly.

Prisoner. It is false—I never set eyes on you till you came to the station, and I heard the woman say to you, "Say that is her."

Witness. Directly I saw you, I knew you were the person.

SUSAN TURNER . I am the wife of Jeffery Turner, of Union-court, Holborn, I sent Ireland to the pawn-shop, and gave her three half-crowns, a half-sovereign, and a four-penny piece—I never saw her again

till Sunday afternoon—a policeman met her screaming, and she went home to her mother—the prisoner was pointed out to me four weeks after by Mrs. Matthews—the prisoner saw her do it—she got up and ran across to another house.

JOHANNAH MATTHEWS . I am the wife of Joel Matthews, and live in Robin Hood-court, Shoe-lane. On this Saturday, I went to Mr. Halbert's pawn-shop—I saw the prisoner talking to Ireland, and a little boy that she had with her—they went out, and shortly after I saw them in Harp-alley—I heard the prisoner say to Ireland, "Give me the money, and I will give the things to your aunt"—I saw the child reach her hand to the prisoner, who took some money, but what I cannot say—I heard nothing of the robbery till the Thursday after, when I met Mrs. Turner—I am sure the prisoner is the person—I never saw her before—I after-wards saw her in Plumtree-court—I pointed her out to Mrs. Turner, and she ran away into a house—I sent for the policeman) who got her out.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Six Months.

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