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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1804, Sunday October 24, 1830.

Shocking proceedings in a workhouse.

Three women, named Andrews, Donovan, and Green, attendants on the sick poor, were on Wednesday placed at the bar, on a charge of having stolen various things belonging to the poor of St. Martin's parish.
Ellen Jenkins, a sick pauper, who was apparently in the last stage of illness, and so weak as to require a chair during the time that she gave her evidence, said that she had frequently seen the defendant Andrews take the tea and sugar belonging to the sick paupers, who had received it from their friends, and put it into her own cup. She then made up some slops for them, which, having nothing better, they were obliged to take. On one occasion she saw Donovan take the tea in a similar manner from and old woman named Johnson, a short time before the breath was out of her body. On her expiring, she ran to her pockets and took from them what money she could find.
Mr. Smith, the master of the workhouse, said he was quite unaware of all these transactions till he was informed that such was the case by the last witness. He then made some inquiry, and searched the boxes of the prisoners, in which he found a quantity of soap and other articles which they must have robbed the paupers of. In Green's box they were three shawls which had belonged to an old women who died in the workhouse. The female who could swear to this robbery was bed-ridden, and unable to come forward.
Mr. Halls committed the two defendants, Andrews and Donovan, to three months' imprisonment in the House of Correction, and discharged the other as no clear case was established against her. — It was understood that she would be immediately dismissed from her situation.—Morning Chron.