Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 May 2021), February 1822, trial of MARY BUDD (t18220220-74).

MARY BUDD, Theft > pocketpicking, 20th February 1822.

399. MARY BUDD was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of February , one row of beads, value 10 s.; and one child's coat, value 6 s., the goods of James Murphy , from the person of Mary Ann Murphy .

JAMES MURPHY . I live in Denmark-court, Strand . My daughter Mary Ann is seven years old. On the 1st of February, between twelve and two o'clock, I gave her leave to play in the court with her skipping rope; she had a row of beads and a coat on; she came in in a short time without them, crying, and complained of being robbed. She was playing in the court ten or twelve days after, and ran in to me. I went out and called to a man to lay hold of the prisoner. I pursued and took her in Southampton-street, running towards Covent-Garden, and told her she had stolen my child's neck-lace. She denied it, and said, I had no authority to take her, as I was not an officer. I took her back - the child came down, and said she was the girl who had robbed her. She denied it. I sent for Trueman, who was with the child, and she said she was the girl.

ANN TRUEMAN . My father is a shoe-maker, and lives in Denmark-court. I was playing with Murphy; she had a coat on and beads. I saw the prisoner take her down the court, but did not see where she took her to. I saw her again in about two hours, going to look for her coat. I am sure the prisoner is the girl. I have known her some years.

WILLIAM NESBITT . I am street-keeper. I apprehended her.

Prisoner's Defence. I was confined to my bed at the time with a fever.

SUSAN TORFTS . I lodge in the same house as the prisoner. She had a very bad illness, and was not able to go out till after Saturday, 2nd of February. I enquired about her every day.


First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.