Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 02 July 2022), July 1830, trial of ANN GRIFFIN (t18300708-15).

ANN GRIFFIN, Theft > housebreaking, 8th July 1830.

Before Mr. Justice James Parke .

1272. ANN GRIFFIN was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Andrew Lee , and stealing sundry articles, his property .

ANDREW LEE. I live in Phoenix-alley, Long-acre , inthe parish of St. Martin in the Fields. On the 31st of May , between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, I locked up my room; I returned about eight, and missed three blankets, a sheet, a counterpane, and a night-shirt, which were safe in the morning - I found the door open - I do not know how it was opened; I saw part of my property in possession of Giles in about half an hour.

SAMUEL GILES. I am a Policeman. On the 31st of May, about eight o'clock in the evening, I went to the prisoner's apartment, and in her presence found a blanket in a closet, put into a basket - this night-shirt was found in the room by a person who is not here - my brother officer and I found some duplicates on her.

Prisoner. I did not know what I was doing - there were seven of them dragging me about; I said I had lost a blanket and sheet myself. Witness. Her husband came in before we searched the room, and went out again - I did not know the prisoner before.

FRANCIS SAMPLE . I accompanied Giles to the room; the prisoner said she lived there - I found in her bosom two duplicates for two blankets, a sheet, and a counterpane pawned on that day; her room is in the same house as Lee's.

LEWIS GARRETT. I am apprentice to Mr. Basset, a pawnbroker. These two blankets were pawned with me for 6s. by a woman, to whom I gave this duplicate; it was on the 31st of May, between six and seven o'clock, in the name of Ann Griffin - I cannot swear to the prisoner.

Prisoner. Q. Did you ever see me in your shop? A. I never remember it.

ANDREW LEE . These are the blankets I lost - they were on my bed in the morning; several families lodge in the house - I do not know the prisoner.

SAMUEL GILES . When I searched the room she was in liquor, and was so violent it was as much as three or four could do to hold her - she endeavoured to keep us out of the room; when the blankets were found she appeared almost mad with rage, and said another woman in the house gave them to her to pledge - that woman was on the stairs, and denied it; she did not state this till we found the duplicates.

NOT GUILTY .