Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 January 2023), January 1830, trial of MARY OUSLEY JANE COLLINS RICHARD CORNBY JOHN DAVID OUSLEY (t18300114-238).

MARY OUSLEY, JANE COLLINS, RICHARD CORNBY, JOHN DAVID OUSLEY, Theft > pocketpicking, 14th January 1830.

471. MARY OUSLEY . JANE COLLINS , RICHARD CORNBY , and JOHN DAVID OUSLEY , were indicted for stealing, on the 26th of December , 1 watch, value 2l., the goods of Thomas Lee , from his person ; and that at the Delivery of his Majesty's Gaol of Newgate, on Thursday, the 11th of May, in the 7th year of his present Majesty's reign, the said Mary Ousley was convicted of felony, by the name of Mary Ouswell .

THOMAS LEE . I am a labourer . On the 26th of December I was at the Royal Hospital, near Chelsea College , between nine and ten o'clock in the evening; I was sober; the four prisoners were all there in company, and the two girls sat one on each side of me; the men were in the box - I had a watch in my fob, which I missed while I was there; I got up and went to the bar to explain it to the publican, and one of my witnesses said they knew the party who had drawn it - I never got it again.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Were you quite sober? A. Yes; I went on Monday morning to the watch-house keeper.

THOMAS DAVIES. I was at the public-house, and saw Lee there, and the prisoners - I saw Collins hand a watch to Cornby, who walked off with it; I suppose he went out - I did not see the others go.

Cross-examined. Q.What are you? A. A shoemaker; this was up in a corner in the tap-room - I do not think it was the girl's own watch; I did not give an alarm that moment, but when I was asked, I did - I thought it looked rather suspicious, for the girl to give the man the watch, and he to go out with it: I did not know who it belonged to - Cornby came back to the place, but did not stop; he was not taken that night - he could not be found.

WILLIAM WINTER . I just stepped into the house, being rather cold; I saw these two girls right and left of the prosecutor - they were trying his pockets; the young woman took the watch from his pocket and the signal was given to Cornby - I went to the bar and told a young woman; Cornby went out and returned to the tap-room in about ten minutes.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q.Did you ever say that John David Ousley went out with the watch? A. No; he crossed to the end of the table, but the others went out with the watch.

Cross-examined. Q.Then he had no part in stealing it? A. No - I saw it delivered from one to the other - Cornby was on the side of me with a basket, but had no fruit in it; he was not near, nor aiding, or assisting in stealing it.

WILLIAM BARTON . I took the two female prisoners on the night of the robbery, and Ousley on the 7th of January, from information which I received; he said he knew who had the watch, but he would see us d-d before he would tell us.

John David Ousley. I did not say any thing of the kind.

Cornby's Defence. I had apples - I went in, and Collins sold them to the landlord's sister for 6d.

Collins' Defence. I went and sold the apples, and when I came back this young woman asked me to have a drop of something to drink; I took it, went to the fireplace, and was there when the man said he had lost his watch.

WILLIAM COLLINS. I am a constable of Chelsea. I have a certificate of the conviction of Mary Ouswell ; she had three months in the House of Correction - I was at the trial before your Lordship; the prisoner Ousley is the person.


Transported for Life .


CORNBY - GUILTY . Aged 23.

Transported for Fourteen Years .