Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 February 2023), February 1839, trial of JAMES ALLNUTT (t18390204-686).

JAMES ALLNUTT, Theft > housebreaking, 4th February 1839.

686. JAMES ALLNUTT was again indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Judith Knight, on the 29th of December, and stealing therein 1 gown, value 8s.; 2 lbs. weight of pudding, value 1s. 6d.; and 7d. in half-pence; her goods and monies; against the Statute, &c.

JUDITH KNIOHT . I am a widow, and live in Bloomsbury-street, Vincent-square. On the afternoon of the 29th of December, I left my house about half-past three o'clock, leaving no one in it—I shut and locked the street-door—I returned about eleven o'clock, and found the street-door open, a light burning in my room, and the property gone—this is my gown—(looking at it.)

WILLIAM BRIMER PYOTT . I took in this gown of the witness Mary Allnutt, on the 4th of January, for 5s., in the name of Ann Allnutt—the family are regular customers, and have often pledged things before—the prisoner, has taken out things which they have pledged—they sell gingerbeer, fruit, and theatrical bills, in the street—I am quite certain the witness is the girl that brought this gown.

MARY ALLNUTT . I did not take that gown to Mr. Pyott—I was with my father when he bought a gown of a woman in Petticoat-lane in the Christmas week—I do not know whether this is the gown—I do not know whether I took the gown to Mr. Pyott, and got 5s. on it—I do not know whether I took any gown, and got any thing on it—I do not know whether I went before any gentlemen in a room in another part of this building—I do not know whether I told them any thing about a gown.

NOT GUILTY .