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Old Bailey Proceedings: Accounts of Criminal Trials

16th July 1794

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446. SARAH POWELL OldBaileyDefendant was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of July , a cotton gown, value 3s. a looking glass in a gilt frame, value 12s. the goods of Sarah Swinerton OldBaileyVictim .

SARAH SWINERTON < no role > sworn.

I lost a cotton gown and looking glass, on Wednesday last; the duplicate of the gown has been found in the prisoner's name; I am a lodger on the same floor with the prisoner, No. 1, Porter-street, Newport-market ; I saw the things about ten minutes before two, on Wednesday last; I went out and locked my door; I did not return till about a quarter past nine, when I missed this property, the gown, and glass in a gilt frame; I knew the prisoner before by living on the the same floor with me, in the same house.

Q. What is the prisoner? How does the get her livelihood? - By shoe binding and shoe closing. I believe. The gown I have seen since, but not glass.

ISAAC FISHER < no role > sworn.

I produce a gown. On Wednesday last, in the afternoon, a person came toour shop, and wanted half a crown on this gown, (to the best of my knowledge the prisoner at the bar is the person) she had two shillings on it; I am servant to Mr Parker, No it Prince's-street, Leicester Fields; I had not seen her before to my knowledge; but I have little doubt in my own mind; I should not like to swear positively, but there are circumstances, she seemed in a great deal of trouble; she said, she had a child lying ill at Kensington or Brompton, and wanted to go and see it; she pledged the gown in the name of Mrs. Powell, which appears to be her own name.

Not GUILTY .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.




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