Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 February 2023), March 1839, trial of ANN DAVIS (t18390304-920).

ANN DAVIS, Theft > pocketpicking, 4th March 1839.

920. ANN DAVIS was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of January, 3 crowns, 16 half-crowns, 10 shillings, 10 sixpenees, and 1 groat, the monies of John Juden, from his person.

JOHN JUDEN . I am a miller, and live in Bartlett's-court, Finsbury market. On the 14th of January, about a quarter to twelve o'clock at night, I was in Union-street, and saw the prisoner—she asked me to give her something to drink—I said no, I was going home—I walked a, little way—she terribly wanted me to give her something to drink—we went to a public-house, and had a glass of gin-and-water—she said she knew I could get a bed at No. 8, Rose-lane—I went there—I had 5 crowns, 16 half-crowns, some sixpences, and one fourpenny piece about me in a purse—I asked the landlady how much the bed would be—she said 8d.—I gave her two fourpenny pieces—I went to bed, and fell asleep—about half-past three o'clock I thought I beard some one going down stairs—I got out of bed, and found the room door open—I heard some, one unlock the street door before I could get down—the prisoner: was gone, and the corner of the handkerchief round my neck, in which my money and purse was tied, was cut off—the prisoner had been in the room when

I put it there—I went down, and told a policeman—I did not see her again till the 14th of February, when she was standing at the bar of a public-house in Widegate-alley—I said, "You are the person that robbed me"—she said she knew nothing about it—I am sure she is the person—the purse and money have not been found.

JOHN WILKINS . I am a policeman. The prisoner was given in charge to me.

CAROLINE POWELL . I keep the lodging-house, No. 8, Rose-lane. I remember the prisoner and prosecutor coming there on the night of the 14th of January—he paid me 8d.—I am sure the prisoner is the person—she had been there before—I have kept the house about twelve or fourteen years.

Prisoner's Defence. I never saw him before.

GUILTY .* Aged 28.— Confined One Year.