ELIZA WILLIS, Deception > fraud, 15th August 1864.

Reference Number: t18640815-818
Offence: Deception > fraud
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Imprisonment > no_subcategory
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818. ELIZA WILLIS (15), Unlawfully obtaining certain goods from Samuel Francis Sheppard, Stephen Fullalove, and Joseph Cohen by false pretences.

MR. DALEY conducted the Prosecution.

MARY ANN SHEPPARD . I am the wife of Samuel Francis Sheppard a china dealer, of 95, Bartholomew-close—on Tuesday, 5th July, about 11 in the morning, the prisoner came to our shop—I had not seen her before—she asked me if I let things out on hire for weddings—I said, "Yes," and she selected a dozen cups and saucers, a glass butter dish, a glass sugar basin, two large meat dishes, and other things—she said that they were for a wedding, for Miss Collins, No. 1, Cloth-fair, and asked me if I could let her have them in the evening—I said, "Yes," and she went away—about an hour afterwards she come again, and asked me if I could let them have the things directly, as they wanted them before 2 o'clock—I said I could not, as Mr. Sheppard was out—when he came home he peaked up the things, and took them to 1, Cloth-fair, before 2 o'clock—I knew that a Miss Collins lived at that place—I thought the things were for her; if I had thought they were for the prisoner I should not have let her have them—she told me that if we rang the bell she would answer the door, which she did.

SAMUEL FRANCIS SHEPPARD . I am the husband of the lost witness—on Tuesday, 5th July, about 2 o'clock, I took these goods to 1, Cloth-fair—I saw a female there—I did not take sufficient notice to swear to her—I left the goods with her; they were worth fourteen shillings—I left them on the first-floor landing—I have never had them back, or any money for them.

SARAH COLLINS . I keep a school at 1, Cloth-fair—several other persons lodge in the house—I am only a lodger myself—I occupy a room on the first-floor—I never saw the prisoner before I saw her at the police-court—I

never authorised her to get any crockery for me—I was in the country when it was delivered—I never received any glass or crockery from her.

SARAH RICHARDS . I am a widow, and live at 45, Cloth-fair—on 5th July I had a room to let at No. 1, Cloth-fair, and on that day the prisoner came to me and asked to look at it; my boy gave her the key, and she went there—she said the goods were coming directly, and she would wait in the room till they came—I let the room to her.

THOMAS CHANDLER . I gave the key to the prisoner—I have no doubt the is the person.

WILLIAM ROWLAND (City-policeman, 247). About 10 o'clock on 19th July I went to 14, Bull and Mouth-street, St. Martin's-le-grand, and saw the prisoner—I followed her up stairs—she went into the first-floor front room, and some one shut the door—I asked the persons inside to open it, and said I was an officer—some one from the inside said they were all in bed—I then told them that unless they opened the door I should break it open—at that time the prisoner came out, and Mr. Sheppard, who was with me, identified her—I thou told the prisoner that she was charged with obtaining crockeryware from Mrs. Sheppard, to the amount of fourteen shillings, by means of a false representation—she said, "I don't know anything about it; they have taken me for some other person."

STEPHEN FULLALOVE . I am a china-dealer at 61, Farringdon-street—on 5th July, about midday, the prisoner came to my shop and asked if I lent goods on hire—I said, "Yes, what part are they going to"—she said, "To the school-room, No. 1, Cloth-fair"—I asked what she wanted; she said, "Twelve ivory knives and forks, six plated teaspoons, some plates, dishes, and china tea-things," and I wrote them on the slater—she called again about 5 or 6 in the evening, and said, "You have not sent those things to No. 1;" I said, "No, I have not, my dear, they have been rubbed off the slate, but If you will make me out a list I will send them immediately"—she brought this list, and signed it in my presence (produced)—she was to pay five shillings for the hire, and the goods were to be fetched away the next morning—I sent the goods by my man to 1, Cloth-fair—I have never had them back, nor have I been paid for them—I knew there was a school at 1, Clothfair, and that they were respectable people, and on the belief that they were for the school, for the breaking-up, I sent the goods.

THOMAS LLOYD . I am in the employment of Mr. Fullalove—on 5th July last, between 5 and 6 in the evening, I took some goods to 1, Cloth-fair—I rang the school-bell, and the prisoner answered it—she showed me up stairs to a second-floor front-room, and said, "Take the goods out"—I took them out, and put them on a sideboard, which was in the room—it was an empty room—I had been there before that morning to see what was wanted, and saw the prisoner; she then said she would call with a list.

JOSEPH COHEN . I am a china dealer, at 15, Clare-court, Drury-lane—on Saturday evening, 16th July, about half-past 5, the prisoner came to my shop—I had never seen her before—she gave me a paper containing a list of articles—I have a copy of it here; I left the original at Guildhall—there were two vegetable dishes, two mid covers, twelve plates, twelve smaller plates, twelve cups and saucers, a cream jug, a glass butter dish, a chamber service, one decanter, six tumblers, two jugs, and two salt-cellars—she asked if I lent goods on hire; I said, "Yes"—she told me they were for Mr. Robinson, 11, Craven-buildings—I said the price would be ten shillings—she said she thought that would be too much—she went away, came back, and said her mistress would give eight shillings—I refused that, and about

an hour afterwards she came again, and said Mrs. Robinson would give ten shillings—I afterwards sent the goods by my porter—the value of them was 1 l. 8s. 8d.—I have no doubt about the prisoner being the person—I should not have sent the goods if she had not told me they were for Mrs. Robinson. MARGARET OWEN. I am the wife of Jonathan Owen, who is a billiardmarker—I have lived at 11, Craven-buildings for the last month—no person named Robinson lives there, and has lived there for some time—on Saturday, 16th July, the prisoner came and took an unfurnished room on the first-floor—I gave her a latch-key—she went out before 6 and returned again; she afterwards called me up stairs and showed me some crockery, the things which were read out just now, and some other things—she said she had bought them—I was unwilling to let the room to her without consulting her mother, and she went out and came back and said her mother was perfectly satisfied with what she had done, but she was angry with her because she had bought too much, and she was going to get a person to take some of the things back—I afterwards saw a man take the whole of the crockery away—I did not see the prisoner after that till she was in custody. WILLIAM WILSON. On Saturday, 16th July, I was in the employment of Mr. Cohen, and on that evening I took some crockery to 11, Craven-buildings—I was looking about the street for No. 11, and I heard some one tap at the window; I looked up, and saw the prisons, she came down, opened the door, and took me up to the first-floor front-room—she asked me to put the crockery down on the floor; I did so, and left it there—I never took it away—I am most sure the prisoner is the person.

RICHARD HIGGS . I am a china and glass dealer at 18, Stanhope-street, Newcastle-street, Strand—on Saturday night, 16th July, the prisoner came to my shop alone, and asked me if I would buy some crockery-ware of her—I told her it would be inconvenient then, but I would on Monday morning—she said she had bought it of me, and she wished me to take it back again, and said, "Will you come and see it"—I said, "Where is it, "she said, "11, Craven-buildings"—I went with her; she tried for several minutes to get in at the front door; we did not succeed, and we went in the back way—she went to Mrs. Owen, the landlady, and got a light—we went up stairs into the first-floor front, and there were the goods lying on the floor—on entering the room I said, "Where is your furniture?" she said, "The brokers have bought that"—I said, "Why did not the brokers take these?" and she said they would not give her money enough for them—I looked at the things, and said, "If you purchased these of me it must have been some considerable time ago;" she said, "Oh, yes, we have been living here these two years, but I must part with it to-night, for me and my husband are going to Scotland by the first train on Monday morning"—I gave her ten shillings for the things—some of them appeared to be new, but by the small light we had at the time, I could not see them very well—I did not really want them at the time—I have since sold some, and some I have still.

JOSEPH COHEN (re-examined). On Monday, 18th July, I saw some crockery and glass at Mr. Higg's shop, some of which was my property.

The prisoner's statement before the Magistrate. "I am as innocent as a child. I do not know anything about the cases which are brought against me. Since I left my service at 11, Bell's-buildings, I don't believe I have been half-an-hour out of my mother's house." The prisoner called

ELIZA WILLIS . The prisoner is my daughter—I am a widow, and live

at 14, Bull and Mouth-street—I have been there about three months—my daughter has resided there part of the time—she was in service in Salisbury-square part of the time—on Tuesday, 5th July, she was at home washing in the kitchen, up to between 3 and 4 o'clock—I saw her all that time; she dined with me; she has slept in my house ever since she left service—I have another witness here, a lodger in the same house—my daughter was also at home on the 16th; I recollect it, because she bad got a sore throat, and a bad cold—she was cleaning about and working—she was not laid up in bed.

MRS. STRONG. I live at 14, Bull and Mouth-street—on 5th July I saw the prisoner, between 9 and 10 in the morning, washing—I saw her several times in the course of the day—she spoke to my baby about 4 o'clock, that was the last time I saw her—I saw her only once on 16th, and that was about 12 o'clock, she was cleaning the stairs—I remember her telling me she had a sore throat—I have never seen her in a bonnet; she always wears a hat—as far as I have seen—I have seen her in different dresses.

RICHARD HIGGS (re-examined). When I saw the prisoner she had a bonnet and shawl on, and the first time I saw her she had a fall on.

MARRY ANN SHEPPARD (re-examined). When she first came to me she had a black straw bonnet, a thick black fall, a black shawl, and a black and white check dress—she had no fall on when she came the second time.

WILLIAM ROWLAND (re-examined). She went to the station in a hat—I cannot describe her dress; I think she had a black shawl on—Bell's-buildings leads out of Salisbury-square.

GUILTY .— Confined Twelve Months.


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