Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 11 December 2023), September 1831, trial of LOUISA HUMPHRIES (t18310908-126).

LOUISA HUMPHRIES, Theft > simple larceny, 8th September 1831.

1653. LOUISA HUMPHRIES was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of September , 1 basket, value 1s., and 1 brush, value 6d. , the goods of Susannah Mitchinton .

SUSANNAH MITCHINTON . I am a widow , and live in Orchard-street, Westminster . On the 3rd of September I missed a wicker basket from my door; I received information and sent my girl, who brought the prisoner back with the officer, and the basket and brush - she had asked the price of the basket, and I told her 14d., but she bought nothing.

Prisoner. I offered her a 1s. for it, which she took and sent for change. Witness. She did not; I took nothing from her, nor did she offer it - she had a woman with her, and when she came back she put the brush in my face, and said, "What did I give you for this brush?"

LEWIS HYAM SMITH . I am an officer. I took the prisoner and another woman - the prisoner had the basket; and the other woman the brush - the prisoner, at the watchhouse, begged to be excused for taking the basket, as the prosecutrix knew her as a neighbour; she had before said she gave 1s. for it.

Prisoner. I said I did not want to be taken, and would give up the shilling and basket too. Witness. No, she said she took it - she begged to be excused, and burst into tears.

ANN SOMERS . I work for the prosecutrix. I was sent after the prisoner, and came up to her in Great Chapelstreet, walking with another woman; she had the basket in her hand - I took hold of it, and said she had taken it from mistress' door; she called me a liar, and said she would come back - she then opened the basket, and said to the other woman, "If I stole the basket I did not the brush - take the brush;" the prisoner seemed willing to return, but the other woman raised a mob; the officer came up, and took them back.

Prisoner's Defence. The other woman had the brush in her hand; I said, "Put it into the basket;" I bought the basket, and paid for it.

SUSANNAH MITCHINTON . I never sold either of the articles.

GUILTY . Aged 29. - Confined Two Months .