Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 December 2021), October 1833, trial of MARY ROACH CATHERINE ROACH (t18331017-117).

MARY ROACH, CATHERINE ROACH, Theft > simple larceny, Theft > receiving, 17th October 1833.

Before Mr. Common Sergeant.

1523. MARY ROACH was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of October , 3 drinking glasses, value 5s. , the goods of John Mapp ; and CATHERINE ROACH was indicted for feloniously receiving the same, knowing them to have been stolen .

JOHN MAPP. I keep the Portugal Arms, in Quebec-street . Mary Roach was my servant for five or six months; she left me about five months ago - in consequence of information, I spoke to two officers, and went to No. 20, Steven-street, Lisson-grove , where Catherine Roach , the mother of Mary Roach, lived - I asked Catherine Roach if she had any objection to our looking over the premises; she fetched a key, opened the parlour-door, and in a box in that room we found these three glasses, which are mine; my name is on two of them, and the name of a former landlord on the other - Catherine Roach then went on her knees, and begged I would not take her - we then went and took Mary Roach into custody, at the Globe public-house, at Lisson-grove, where she was living - I took her to her mother's, and showed her the glasses; she begged I would not take her.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Catherine Roach made no hesitation at producing the key of the parlour? A. No, she opened the door herself - these glasses were found in a deal-box, like a servant's box - whether Catherine Roach had ever opened it I don't know - I recollect during the time Mary Roach lived with me, that a party of gentlemen were at my house one night, who got tipsy, and broke the glasses; but they were mostly ale glasses; there might be some like these; I did not hear Mary say, that as the gentlemen had paid for all the glasses, she was entitled to those which were left whole as her perquisite - she might have taken more valuable things than these - I don't wish to hurt her, but I was forced to prosecute.

NOT GUILTY .