Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 March 2023), October 1827, trial of SARAH WALBY (t18271025-23).

SARAH WALBY, Theft > simple larceny, 25th October 1827.

2003. SARAH WALBY was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of February , 13 shirts, value 5l.; 3 table-cloths, value 15s., and 1 Bible, value 5s. , the goods of Ann Diggens .

ANN DIGGENS. I am a widow , and live in Francis-place, Westminster - I am a laundress ; the prisoner assisted me to wash and iron . I missed about 6l. worth of property at different times, and found it all at the pawnbrokers. I cannot say how much was taken at once.

Prisoner. Q. Did you not give me these things to pawn? A. Never; I have been obliged to pay for most of them.

WILLIAM HARDY . I am servant to Mr. Morris, a pawnbroker, of York-street, Westminster. The prosecutrix came to our shop and redeemed this property, which had been pawned by the prisoner at different times, in September, November, and December, 1826.(Property produced and sworn to.)

RICHARD CUFF . I am an officer, and took her in charge.

Prisoner's Defence. She gave me them to pawn; she said at the office she had only lost three shirts, and that they were worth only 2l.; she afterwards said she would do for me, and bring these things against me, as she could not find all her property.

ANN DIGGENS. It is false.

GUILTY. Aged 33. Of stealing to the value of 39s. only .

Transported for Seven Years .