3rd March 1845
Reference Numbert18450303-728
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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728. DIANA PIERSE and MARGARET SULLIVAN were indicted for stealing 1 watch, value 3l., the goods of William Johnson, from his person.

WILLIAM JOHNSON . I am a seaman, and live at the Sailors' Home in Well-street. Last Saturday night I was crossing Tower-hill with Deacon—we met the two prisoners and another—they were not dressed as they are now—they came up to me—I pushed them away, and told them to be off—I had a bundle in my hand, and in pushing them away I dropped it—I stooped to pick it up, and found Pierse's hand in my right-hand trowsers pocket—I had my watch, and felt, and it was gone—I saw Peirse put had hand behind her, and there was another girl behind her who ran off—I took Peirse, and held her till I gave her to the policeman—I know I had my watch safe four or five minutes before, when I crossed London-bridge—I took it out to see the time, and I had my hand on it when the prisoners came up to me.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. What time was this? A. About half-past twelve o'clock at night—I had no seals to my watch—I had not been with Pierse before—I was coming from my father's—I was quite sober—Sullivan and the other woman ran away after I took hold of

Peirse—the whole three women beset me at first—I belong to the ship Volutia.

GEORGE DEACON . I am a seaman, and live in New-street, Bedford-square—I was with the prosecutor—one of the women came up and took hold of my arm—I told her to go along—I saw the prosecutor drop hit bundle—he stooped to pick it up, and called out, "My watch it gone"—he took hold of Peirse, and kept her till the policeman came—the other two women ran off—I had seen the prosecutor had a watch.

JOHN SEBT (police-constable H 129.) I saw the two witnesses, with Peirse in custody—she said she had not done it.



Confined six months.

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