30th January 1843
Reference Numbert18430130-740
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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740. MARIA DOWNES was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of Jan., 4 sovereigns, 1 half-sovereign, and 2 Bank notes, for the payment of 5l. each, the monies of Thomas Terry, from his person.

THOMAS TERRY . I live in South-street, Chelsea. On the 2nd of Jan., between ten and eleven o'clock, I met the prisoner—I went with her to her lodging—I had two 5l. notes, and four half-sovereigns wrapped In the notes, in my left-hand waistcoat pocket—I was with her from twenty minutes to half an hour, and when I got home I missed my money from my left-hand pocket—one of the notes I traced to a pawnbroker's in the neighbourhood—this is one of the notes that I lost on that occasion—I did not pay the prisoner with a note.

Prisoner. Q. Were there not two females in company with you that night? A. No, certainly not—I was quite sensible of what I was about—I was drinking a glass of sherry and water at a public-house at the corner of King's-road—I met with one buss-man, who said he had been in the Navy, and having been in the Navy myself forty-four years, I spoke to him—I was a little sloosed.

ALFRED HINES CLARK . I believe I paid this 5l. note to the prosecutor—I cannot positively swear that he is the party—there was a cheque paid on that day by Good and Lawrence, payable to Terry, at Spooner and Attwood's.

THOMAS TERRY re-examined. I took the cheque and got this money.

JOHN KILLINGWORTH . The prisoner paid me this note on the 3rd of Jan.—I am sure she is the person.

Prisoner. Q. Was there no other person in your shop? A. I do not think there was at the time—it is a pawnbroker's—the prisoner purchased an article for 9s.—I paid her 4l. 11s. change—I asked her name, she said, "Connor, No. 3, George-street, Chelsea"—I do not remember having seen her before—I put some ear-rings in her ears.

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming down'Cower Sloane-street between twelve and one o'clock in the morning; I kicked a handkerchief on before me; I picked up a piece of paper; I can neither read nor write; I showed it to a friend in the morning; she said it was a 30s. note; she took it out; I have never seen her or the note since; I never saw the prosecutor; he had two females taken up before me, and would have sworn to them; he said if I would open my shawl and show him the bosom of my gown he would swear to me; I never was inside the pawnbroker's, and dp not know how he came by the note.

THOMAS TERRY re-examined. I did ask her to open her shawl—I could have sworn to her directly, but I wanted to be satisfied in respect to her dress.

GUILTY . Aged 27.— Confined Six Months.

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