3rd March 1845
Reference Numbert18450303-709
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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709. SARAH SLATER was indicted for stealing 1 purse, value 5s.; and four sovereigns; the property of Archibald Black, from his person.

ARCHIBALD BLACK . I am a merchant, and live in Queen-street, Mayfair. About one o'clock in the morning, on the 1st of March, I was in St. James-street, returning home—the prisoner took hold of my arm, and asked me to go with her, which I refused—she came with me as far as the corner of Bury-street—I told her she need not go any further, as I was going home—I felt in my trowsers' pocket, and my purse was gone—it had been there a few minutes before—I had only parted with a friend two minutes before—I caught hold of the prisoner's wrist—I told her I had lost my purse, and she must have it—I never let her go, but called, "police!"—two or three women came up, and two men came—one of them tried to take her from me, but I kept her, and gave her in charge—this is my purse—it had four sovereigns in it.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Had you been dining out? A. Yes—I was not under the influence of wine, but could perfectly take care of myself—I am perfectly sure I did not give the prisoner my purse—I did not walk more than fifty or sixty yards with her—she endeavoured to put her hand about me—I was not consenting to it—my purse was in my left trowser's pocket—we were standing at the corner of Bury-street—I did not feel her take my purse—she could not move from the spot; I had hold of her—there was nothing in the pocket but my purse.

BARNABAS FLACK (police-constable C 28.) I heard a call of police, and found the prosecutor had got hold of the prisoner—he charged her with having the purse—she denied it—I took her to the station.

BRIDGETT CONNELL . I searched the prisoner at the station—she told me she had nothing of the kind about her, and I need not undress her—I said I could not help it—I found this purse and four sovereigns on her.

GUILTY. Aged 29.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury. Confined Three Months.

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