Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 27 February 2021), September 1781, trial of MARY SKAFE (t17810912-9).

MARY SKAFE, Theft > grand larceny, 12th September 1781.

473. MARY SKAFE was indicted for stealing two linen aprons, value 5 s. and a German flute, value 3 s. the property of William Bailey , August 18 .


The prisoner lived four weeks with me as a servant . We lost the things mentioned in the indictment.

(The pawnbroker deposes, that on the 16th of August she pawned a flute with him in her own name, which was produced in court.)

Prosecutor. From its appearance I believe it to be my property; but, upon her examination before the alderman, she voluntarily confessed she had taken this flute, and said it was the only thing she had stolen.

(The prisoner did not say any thing in her defence.)


Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.