3rd March 1845
Reference Numbert18450303-779
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment

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779. ELIZA EMERY, MARY DUFFIELD, GEORGE CARTER , and WILLIAM BRITTON , were indicted for stealing 1 watch, value 10s.; 1 seal, 5s.; 1 key, 3s.; and 1 guard, 6d.; the goods of George Morgan, from his person.

GEORGE MORGAN . I live with my father, in King's Bench-walk, Southfark. On the afternoon of the 11th of Feb., about three o'clock, I was at Lowroan's-pond, showing my watch to a boy—another boy, who was a stranger, and who is not here, came up to me, and said, "Is not that a pretty little watch?"—I said, "Yes"—he" said, "Come up stairs, and ibow it to my mate"—I went into the house, and up into a room there—Carter and the other three prisoners were there—I had not known either of them before—I showed my watch to Carter—I held the seal in my hand, and he had the watch—he gave it a pull, which pulled the seal from me—he gave the watch to Emery, she gave it to Duffield, and she gave it to Emery back again—I did not see any more of it, but another little boy said he saw her give it to Carter—I asked all the prisoners for the watch, and they all hallooed out that it was gone, and they all laughed—Carter came down, and 1 followed him—he went back to the house, and told the other little boy to come down—soon after, Carter came down, and 1 followed him to Rowland Hill's chapel, and there gave him in charge r-thia is my watch—I am sure of it.

RICHARD WORCESTER . I was with Morgan—we were both going to work—he was showing me the watch, and a little boy came and said, "Is not that a pretty watch? come and show it to my mate;"—we went up stairs—Carter had the watch in his hand, and Morgan held the seal—Carter gave it a pull, got it away, and gave it to Emery—they passed it all round, and began laughing, and said it was gone—Carter went down, and Morgan followed him—Carter came back, and went down again—we followed Mm to the New Cut, and gave him into custody—the officer brought him back to the room—Emery and Duffield were there—they said they knew nothing about it, and ran away.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. But the girls came to the station

of their own accord? A. Yes—they came to ask how Carter got on—I had been working with Morgan, at making French clogs.

THOMAS WINDSOR ALLEN . I am a pawnbroker. On the evening of the 11th of Feb., about seven o'clock, Emery pawned this watch with roe for 8s., in the name of Peach—there was a female with her, whom I do not remember.

JAMES BISDEN (police-constable L 133.) I took Carter on the 11th of Feb. for stealing this watch, in Lowman's-pond.

JOSEPH HODGES (City police-constable, No. 31.) I took Britton on that Tuesday evening, about eight o'clock—he had this tobacco-box in his hand—I let him carry it some distance—I then took it, and asked what wu in it—he said, "Only a few buttons"—I found in it the duplicate of this watch.

Carter's Defence. Morgan brought the watch into my place, and asked me to buy it; a young man went out for some errand, and Morgan showed it to him, and asked him to buy it; Morgan offered it to me for 10s.; I said I had not got the money, but I would go and pawn it for him; he said, "It won't do to go and pawn it, we shall get found out; we made it last night of a bug' I said, "What do you call a bug;" I said, "That is what we call a drunken man, in our way;" he said before the Magistrate that he stole it out of a lark; when he said that in the room I dropped the watch, and walked out to see for a policeman; I went back, went out again, and he gave me in charge for stealing it; I never saw it after he took it out of my hand; I don't believe either of them know the title of an oath.

GEORGE MORGAN re-examined. I know what an oath is; if I do not tell the truth I shall not go to heaven; I did not want to sell the watch; I did not steal it; my brother gave it to me.

Britton's Defence. I never put a finger on the watch; I picked up the duplicate.

CARTER— GUILTY .— Confined One Year.




Confined Six Months.

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