Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 30 November 2022), January 1830, trial of MARGARET SCULLY (t18300114-132).

MARGARET SCULLY, Theft > pocketpicking, 14th January 1830.

365. MARGARET SCULLY was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of November , 1 watch, value 3l.; 1 ring, value 2s.; 1 handkerchief, value 1s.; 1 sovereign, 2 half-crowns, 8 shillings, and 4 sixpences, the property of Benjamin Staples , from his person .

BENJAMIN STAPLES. I met the prisoner on the 27th of November, at Mr. Holcroft's public-house; she came in there between one and two o'clock in the morning, with another person - I drank with them; I then went home with the prisoner to No. 5. Pheasant-buildings , and slept there - between nine and ten o'clock in the morning I awoke, and she was gone; I missed my money from the fob of my trousers, which I had kept on; I had a sovereign and 15s. in a purse in my trousers pocket - that was gone, and my handkerchief likewise, which had been in my hat; this is my watch.

Prisoner. I never saw the man in my life - he asked me at Bow-street if I knew him, and I said No; he then asked if I lived at such a place, and I said Yes. Witness. I am certain she is the person; I had had a little to drink, but not much.

EDWARD MARTIN . This watch was pawned with me by a person much stouter than the prisoner, as far as I recollect, on the 28th of November.

ELIZA THORNTON . I live where the prisoner does, and get my bread by needle-work. I was going down that night, and met the prosecutor, the prisoner, and Eliza Brown coming up with a light - Brown then went out, and they were quiet for some time; the prisoner has been there but a few weeks.

WILLIAM TILLING. I am a Police-officer. On the morning of the robbery I saw the prosecutor, the prisoner, and another young woman, against a coffee-stand in Holborn, about two o'clock; one of them got off the stool, and let the prosecutor into the mud; the prosecutor gave me notice of the robbery the next day - the prisoner has been in the habit of walking Holborn, but I missed her for a fortnight - when I saw her again I took her, and she denied it.

Prisoner's Defence. They are swearing false against me.

NOT GUILTY .