William Smith, Theft > pocketpicking, 19th May 1697.

Reference Number: t16970519-4
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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William Smith , a little Boy , of the Parish of St. Magnes by the Bridge , was indicted for picking the Pocket of John Alderidge on the 5th of May last, and secretly taking a linnen Bag. val. 1 d. and 3 l. 5 s. in Moneys numbred . The Prosecutor said, that as he was going over London-Bridge the Boy came of one side of him and took the Money out of his Pocket; and he feeling somebody give his Pocket a touch, he took hold of the Boy, who immediately gave him his Money again: He denied the Fact saying it lay upon the ground; and he hearing the Man make inquiry for it, he gave it him. He was but young in Years, but old in Wickedness, he having been burnt in the Hand some time before: The Jury thereupon found him guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

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