Robina McLean or Quigley and Ann Slaven, from the prison of Dundee, were accused of having, on the 25th February last, assaulted a commercial traveler from Glasgow, in Gunn's Close, Overgate, by striking him a violent blow on the head with a stiff hat or cap, attempting to trip or throw him down, and seizing him by the coat and vest; and further, with having by force and violence stolen from his person two sleeve links, two bazaar tickets, a commercial traveler's certificate, eleven penny postage stamps, and £11 10s. There was an alternative charge of theft against each of the prisoners. Quigley had been five times and Slaven once previously convicted of theft. The prisoners pleaded not guilty, and were defended-- Quigley by Mr. Fraser, instructed by Mr. Hill, and Slaven by Mr. Burnet, instructed by Mr. Leitch.
Evidence having been led, the jury found the prisoners guilty as libeled, and Lord Young, in passing sentence, said the convictions against Robina McLean or Quigley were somewhat more serious than against Ann Slaven, Quigley having been convicted three times of theft, and upon the last occasion had been sentenced to fifteen months' imprisonment. There had been only one conviction against Slaven in the Police Court. In the case of Quigley, sentence of penal servitude for seven years was passed; and in the case of Slaven penal servitude for five years.
Aberdeen (Scotland) Weekly Journal, March 26, 1878.