Police Report of BRIDGET SMITH, 18 October 1826

BRIDGET SMITH was next put to the bar, charged with a similar offence. The evidence brought forward in this case went to prove, that some months since, a robbery was committed in the house of G. ALLEN, Esquire, solicitor, and an inventory of the articles stolen was immediately forwarded to the Chief Constable; but some time elapsed e’re any thing transpired which was likely to lead to a discovery of either the property or offenders. At length, from some information given, a warrant was issued to search the house of the prisoner for stolen property. During the search of the constables, the prisoner was observed in the act of secreting a shawl about her person, it was immediately secured by the constables and brought to the office. The prisoner in attempting to account for the possession of an article, (which from its value,) appeared to be the property of some person in better circumstances than herself; stated, that it had been given to her by a captain of a vessel, whose name she mentioned, and called on a man then in the office to corroborate the truth of what she said, which he prudently declined doing, observing that the prisoner’s husband had offered him bribes to swear to whatever his wife should say. The prisoner was ordered to the third class in the Factory for a period of twelve months.

MARTIN SMITH, husband of the last prisoner, for attempting  to induce a man to forswear himself, was sentenced to be returned to Government employ, being an unfit person to be allowed out of the Barrack.

See Original:POLICE INCIDENTS,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Wednesday 18 October 1826, p.3