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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1839, Sunday, July 3, 1831.

Old Bailey.

The June session for London and Middlesex commenced on Thursday morning before Mr. Justice James Parke, Mr. Justice Gaselee, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, &c.

Ann Hyde, a good-looking young woman was capitally indicted for stealing, in the dwelling-house of James Mackie, her master, twenty carats of rubies and ten carats of emeralds, value 50l., his property.

The prosecutor resides in King street, Soho, and on the 30th of May he and his wife went to Cooke's Circus. The following morning his wife observed some rubies on the floor of their bed-room, and on going to the drawer missed the articles mentioned in the indictment. The prisoner, when asked about the robbery, said that she should not be surprised if it had been committed by a gentleman who lodged in the house. An officer was sent for, and the apartments and person of this gentleman were searched, but nothing was found that could warrant a supposition that he had been implicated in the transaction. The prisoner, however, subsequently confessed that she had gone to the drawer out of curiosity; that she had taken the rubies and emeralds, and that she had thrown them into the water-closet and dust-hole. These places were searched, but none of the rubies or emeralds were found; but she acknowledged to Scholfield, the officer, that she placed a ruby on the floor of the lodger's room to avoid suspicion, and to have him taken up for the robbery.

The prisoner put in as a defence a long written statement, in which she denied her guilt.

The Jury found the prisoner Guilty.