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COURT OF KING'S BENCH, JUNE 10. JLLOYD V. DEERING. Mr. Park stated tint the Plaintiff in this oris; was Mary Aim Lloyd, a young woman und'*r2i years of age, who sued by her'mother, Iter near- est of kin-, and the defendant was a gentleman of considerable fortune, in whose family slie had lived servant, and slie- now sought to i-ecoter a compensation in damages for one of the most cruet and unprovoked injuries Ihat had ever cotUcunder the consideration of it in (he shape of an action for faise imprisonment. The plaintiff had laid tier damages at five hundred pounds. It ap- peared that (his young woman had been lady's maid to Mrs. Deering, in September last, at which time the assault complained of was com- mitted. On (he 28th of September the ptainiitF was charged by her mistress with having pur- loined a table-cloth and pencil case. The table- cloth, it. however was in an Open Irunk belonging to the plaintiff, which was standing in tfie housekeeper's room, and from the evidence ir would he seen there bad been no intention ou the part of (tie plaintiff to steal it; notwithstand- ing this the plaintiff was by tier master and mis- tress given in charge to a black man-servant, who was charged to keep watch over her all the [jlfht of ttie '28th of September, and the day and night of the 29th, without her going tp rest, or taking any refreshment during Ihat time. In tlie inter- mediate space a police officer had been sent for, tlie plaintiff's boxes and drawer's- had been search- ed, but nothing was round to criminate her. Yet the street door was kept locked, and Mr. Deer- ing himself had (lie key. A! length Mrs. Deer- ing told her, that unless she vvouM confess that she was a thief she should nol be liberated. — Mrs. Deering had during this time search warrants to search the houses of two or three of her frieods, but nothing was found there vhich could in any way substantiate the accusation; at length ex- hausted with her menial and bodily sufferings, she said she would confess any thing- they choused, it they would let. her o, and she did accordingly confess upon this; the unfortunate young woman was taken to lWarlhorongh-sfrcct, and there discharged. liur however was not vet over, she was taken back to her master's house, and fresh charges were brought against her, lirst of stealing six gowns belonging to her mistress, then of stealing a pair of stockings, and several other charges of a simitar nature, all of which were ultimately confuted and with- drawn, and the plaintiff was at last suffered to leave the house. In Michaelmas Term last the plaintiff filed her declaration in ihe present ac- tion, and (tie defendant put in his pleas. After this he laid by till the January Sessions al. the Old Bailey, when he preferred hi* bill of indict- ment against her for a felony, and she took her trial, and, as might have been foreseen, she was honourably acquitted. Under all these circum- stances, he was persuaded the Jury would give not vindictive damages—such he did not ask—but such damages as ihe justice of the case required. Th.e ATI'ORNKY-GBNEKAI. shortly addressed the Jury on the part of the defendant, and sub- mitted that though Mr. and Mrs. Deering might have gone further than was quite consistent with nrudence, yet there was nothing vindicative in their conduct. After an enlightened summing up from his Lord ship, the Jury retired for about a quarter of an j hour, and then returned with a verdict for the plaintiff.Damages 4001.


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