Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 February 2023), March 1839, trial of ELIZABETH MARY ANN M'DONALD (t18390304-901).

ELIZABETH MARY ANN M'DONALD, Theft > pocketpicking, 4th March 1839.

901. ELIZABETH MARY ANN M'DONALD was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of February, 2 sovereigns and 1 half-sovereign, the monies of William Sutherland, from his person.

WILLIAM SUTHERLAND . I live in Middlesex-street, Somers Town, and am a pensioner, I received my pay on the 6th of February, and on the 7th I fell in with the prisoner—I knew her before—she asked me to treat her—we went into a public-house, and had something to drink—she then invited me to go to a private house—I went, and went to bed with her, and between one and two o'clock in the day I was coming away, and found my money was gone—I was not drunk—if hen I went to the house I had two sovereigns and a half in my fob, and some silver—I had seen it sale about an hour and a half before—when I missed it she was gone.

Prisoner. He took me to the house, and gave me five sixpences, and then he gave me a sovereign to cut a lock of his hair, and that was all I saw of his money—the servant in the house lent me the scissors. Witness. No, I did not.

OLIVER BEEDLE (police-constable S 113.) The prosecutor applied to me the next morning, and said the prisoner had robbed him of two sovereigns and a half—I went to her lodging, and saw the man she was living with—she was not at home—I took the man to the office, and went and found the prisoner in Drummond-street,—she had some duplicates in her, hand, and some she swallowed—I said, "You are swallowing these things"—she said yes, she was fond of them—I took some duplicates from her other hand—I took her to the office, and she stated there that the prosecutor gave her a sovereign for the purpose she states here—I only found on her 2d., but on the afternoon that the prosecutor, states he was robbed, the prisoner was riding about in a cab with another woman, and she gave that woman into custody for robbing her—she said she had two sovereigns and a half when she came out, and she had bought a scarf and a pair of

stockings—I saw her with a sovereign and 10s. or 12s. in the station-house, and then she went off with the cab-man.

Prisoner. I had no sovereign—I had 9s., which I got at my employer's—I never was in a cob. Wittiest. She came to the door of the station-house in a cab, and gave charge of the woman.

GUILTY . Aged 39.— Confined Three Month.