William Guy, Theft > petty larceny, 15th January 1767.

Reference Number: t17670115-13
Offence: Theft > petty larceny
Verdict: Not Guilty
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99. (L.) William Guy was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of Benjamin Wardle , Dec. 22 . ++

Benjamin Wardle . I am servant to Mr. Morgan in the Temple. On the 22d of the last month, about seven in the evening, I was coming along Cheapside towards St. Paul's Church-yard; my wife was with me. Between the Rose and St. Paul's Church-yard I felt my handkerchief draw out of my pocket; I immediately put my hand down, and missed my handkerchief, the prisoner was close by me; I saw him deliver it to another person; I took hold of the prisoner, and charged him with taking it; he denied it, and said I might search him; I said, I saw you deliver it to that man (pointing to the other man.) Immediately there was a great concourse of people; I took the prisoner in at the Rose; there was a man said he would bring the other in after me, but he did not.

Q. Did you see your handkerchief in the prisoner's hand?

Wardle. I saw him hold his hand out to the other man; I cannot say I saw the handkerchief.

Mr. Montague. I am constable; the prosecutor charged me with the prisoner; he was searched, but I found nothing upon him.

Prisoner's defence.

I had my handkerchief in my bosom; the man turned about, and said I had picked his pocket; the mob gathered about, some wanted to duck me; he insisted upon my going into that house; when I came in, there were two or three porters searched me, and turned my pockets inside out. I am as innocent as the child unborn. I am a carver by trade.

Acquitted .


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