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Trial of William Smith


SOURCE: THE GLOBE and Traveller, Wednesday, May 26, 1852.

Globe and Traveller


MARLBOROUGH STREET.—William Smith, C 156, was brought before Mr. Bingham, charged with having received money at various times from foreign prostitutes, who frequent Regent street, and that neighbourhood. Mr. Ballantyne was for the defendant.

Louisa Aubert (through an interpreter) said she gained a living by prostitution. She was accustomed to walk at night in Regent street and Waterloo place. She knew the defendant as being one of the constables on that beat. The first time the constable spoke to her she gave him a shilling. She gave him a shilling three or four times after that. She was apprehended with a number of other prostitutes some time back by the defendant and other constables. The defendant told her she need not be alarmed. She was bailed out. The prisoner made no proposal to her then, but told her not to walk so often in that part of Regent street she had been accustomed to frequent. After she had been before the magistrate and fined, she offered the prisoner some money. The prisoner told her to put up her money and to meet him at a public house in the neighbourhood. Complainant went to the public-house and gave the prisoner two half-crowns and some drink.

Rachel Deschamps had given the prisoner a shilling.

Caroline Devine had given money to police constables, but not more to the prisoner than to others.

Inspector Whall said the constable had been eight years in the force and bore a good character.

Mr. Ballantyne addressed the Court, and contended, as there was no corroboration of the statement of the witnesses, that the charge failed.

Mr. Bingham decided upon deferring his decision until Thursday next.