3rd March 1845
Reference Numbert18450303-785
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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785. MARY COURTENAY was indicted for stealing 1 watch, value 5l., the goods of Henry Collins, from his person.

HENRY COLLINS . I went into the Alfred's Head coffee-shop, at the corner of the London-road, on the 9th of Feb.—I was in the house till daybreak—the prisoner came, and would not let me alone—she wanted me to go home with her—I at last went with her to No. 13, Princes-street—I

went up stairs, and laid on the bed with her—I found her hand fumbling about me, and I told her of it two or three times; however, she got my watch away—I found the guard of it dangling about my waistcoat—I called out for a policeman—there was another female there, but I knew she had not the watch—both the females were on the bed with me—the policeman came up, and asked me if I would give the other girl in charge—I said, no, I knew she had not got it; I knew the prisoner bad, because I had felt her hand about me—there was nobody else in the room—I have never found my watch.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What time in the morning did you meet the prisoner in the coffee-shop? A. About two o'clock—I am chief-mate of the Mongolia—I had left the ship when they shot the dock-gate—I was perfectly sober all the time—I went home with the girls between eight and nine in the morning—I did not want the prisoner, but the other girl—I missed my watch directly the prisoner got clear of me—she went away—the other girl stopped in the room—I am not sure whether the other came down when I did—I have not seen her since.

COURT. Q. Are you sure that the other girl had no opportunity of taking your watch? A. I am confident of that—the guard was round my neck, and the prisoner kept fumbling in my left waistcoat pocket, and when the got from me I found my guard was out.

ANN WATSON . I keep the house in Princes-street. At half-past nine o'clock in the morning the prisoner and another female came with the prosecutor—the prisoner came down afterwards, and I heard her say, "Let him stop"—I said, "You are not going like that, to leave him here"—she rushed out past me, and the prosecutor sang out, "I have lost my watch"—I said, "One girl is gone, but I will stop the other"—he got a policeman—he would not give the other girl in charge—he said he had searched her, and was sure she had not got it.

Cross-examined. Q. Do both these girls frequent your house? A. The prisoner did, but not the other—she has called in twice since to ask if we had heard about the watch.

EDWARD DIXON (police-constable L 85.) The prosecutor came to me a few minutes before ten o'clock, and complained he had lost his watch, and, as I understood him, some money—I took the prisoner on the 13th—I said, "Miss Courtenay, I want you"—she said, "About what?"—I said, "Come to the station, and you will know"—she said, "Is it about the watch?"—I said, "Come, and you will know"—she said, "If it is about the watch, it was the other girl that went into the room with him."


Before Edward Bullock, Esq.

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