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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1828, Sunday, April 10, 1831

These Sessions commenced on Thursday, before the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor, Recorder, Sheriffs, and other authorities of the City, who ordinarily attend upon such occasions. Lord Chief Justice Tenterden and Mr. Baron Garrow are the presiding Judges.>

Margaret Maitland was indicted for stealing in the dwelling house of Sarah Fearn, two watches and other articles her property.

It appeared that the prosecutrix and her two sons reside together at Newington, and the prisoner lived with them as servant. On Tuesday evening, the 8th of March, the prisoner gave an alarm that the street-door was open, and on going up-stairs with her younger son, the prisoner and a policeman, the prosecutrix discovered that her drawers had been opened, and the articles valued in the indictment abstracted. They then went up-stairs to the prisoners room and found that in the same of state of confusion, and the prisoner exclaimed— "They have been there too," and endeavoured to hide a bundle which she said belonged to her. The policeman took it from her, and on opening it found it contained the articles named in the indictment.

Jury Acquitted her of the capital part of the charge, by finding her guilty of stealing under the value of Five Pounds.