Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 January 2023), April 1833, trial of MARY STUART (t18330411-164).

MARY STUART, Theft > pocketpicking, 11th April 1833.

834. MARY STUART was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of April , one half-crown, the monies Henry Lee , from his person .

HENRY LEE . I live at No. 12, Martha-street, St. George's, and am a hatter . On the 4th of April I was by Gold-hill, Shadwell , and saw the prisoner, and another girl - the prisoner sprang at me, clasped her hands round my neck, and I felt something go from my pocket, which she gave to the other girl, but I could not see what it was; I held the prisoner, and gave charge of her - I missed half a crown from my pocket.

JOHN NICHOLAS (Police-constable K 38). I took the prisoner to the station; I found no money on her.

Prisoner. The man states that he felt my hand in his pocket - why not hold it there, to have a proof of the robbery? I saw him go down a turning with a female - he returned in five minutes, put his hand on my shoulder, and said I had robbed him; I was unfortunately standing for a friend, when he took hold of me, and said I had robbed him - I said, "How can you say that? when you went down that turning with a female;" he said, "She is a companion of yours - I will give charge of you."

HENRY LEE . I certainly had not been with any female - I had but just parted with my son.

GUILTY .* Aged 27. - Transported for 14 Years .