Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 13 August 2020), January 1826, trial of HANNAH KELLY (t18260112-173).

HANNAH KELLY, Theft > theft from a specified place, 12th January 1826.

354. HANNAH KELLY was indicted for stealing, on the 2d of January , 1 watch, value 50s.; 1 seal, value 6d.; and 1 watch-chain, value 1d., the goods of John Davis , in the dwelling-house of Mary Parkhurst , widow .

MARY DAVIS . I am the wife of John Davis - we lodge in the house of Mary Parkhurst, a widow, in Bowling-green lane, Clerkenwell . The prisoner came there with another woman, on the 2d of January, about two or three o'clock - they had a few coals and wanted me to purchase them - I said I would not have them - they begged very hard of me to have them, and said they were wet and cold, and wanted to go home; I asked where they got them, and they said they picked them up at the canal; I pitied them, and let them come in; I had a watch on the mantelpiece - when they went to warm their hands they had the means of getting it - I missed it about ten minutes after they were gone.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. Did not the prisoner appear in the greatest distress? A. Yes - she has a family of children.

WILLIAM HOWS . I am a pawnbroker, and live in High-street, St. Giles'. I have a watch pawned by the prisoner on the 2d of January, for one guinea.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know her? A. Yes, for these three years - she is in great distress, and has a young family - I never heard or saw any thing against her - I firmly believe she bore a good character.

PHILIP RILEY . I took the prisoner into custody.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY. Aged 35. Of stealing to the value of 39s. only .

The prisoner received a good character, and was strongly recommended to Mercy.

Confined One Month .