Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
CHARLES HUMPHRIES . I am a draper , and was passing in Liquorpond-street on the night of the 22d of February; the prisoner came up close behind me, and struck against my coat - I felt him raise my coat up, and my handkerchief was taken out; I turned round; no other person was near me - I took up my handkerchief from the ground, and accused him of it; he denied it; I seized him - he used all the violence he could to get away from me; I tore his shirt and coat all to pieces - he drew me along into Gray's lun-lane; I at last got a watchman to secure him - there was no person within twenty yards of me at the time it was taken but a lady, with whom I was walking home.
JOHN THURTELL . I am a watchman. I was waiting at the corner of Liquorpond-street to cry the hour of nine -I heard something called; I went up slowly to the place, and saw the prisoner and prosecutor scuffling - I went up to them, and the prosecutor gave him into my charge; on the way to the watch-house the prisoner said that two boys took the handkerchief from the gentleman's pocket, and made off.
Prisoner's Defence. I had been with some friends to a Christening, and they made me a little merry; I saw this gentleman and his wife - I happened to stumble, and hit against him; I fell in the gutter; the gentleman turned round, and said I had stolen his handkerchief - I said I had not, and I believe I used very violent language - he seized me, as I was violent.
GUILTY . Aged 19.
Transported for Fourteen Years .