26th October 1791
Reference Numbert17911026-33

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413. WILLIAM SIMS was indicted for stealing, on the 8th day of October , one callico handkerchief, value 2 s. the property of Edward Lavender .


On Saturday night, the 8th of October, I lost my handkerchief, about ten, about the middle of Greek-street ; I felt something touch my right hand-side very slightly, I immediately turned round and perceived my handkerchief go out of my pocket, and the person who took it, gave it to another that was with him; I instantly charged the man who took it, but two men that were with him surrounded me, and said d - n the b - r, knock him down. I let the man go, and struck him across the head with my stick, which broke; then I retreated, and called watch, and the man was secured; he was out of my sight only a moment; I am certain he was one of them, it was a very light night, and very near a large biscuit baker's shop. I did not get my handkerchief again.


I heard a noise in Greek-street, I had a pint of beer, and I left it, and went to the noise, and heard a blow and a stick fall to the ground; then I heard these men make use of that word, and aimed a blow at the prosecutor, but missed it; the rest ran away, and this man was taken. I am sure he was the man that I saw aim the blow at Mr. Lavender. The prisoner was never out of my sight.


I am the watchman, I stopped the prisoner, who was running; the watch was called, and the prosecutor came up, and gave charge of him.


I had been up to Berner's-street, and returning I saw three or four young men before me, and I heard somebody say I have lost my pocket handkerchief, and my detainer caught hold of a man in black, and then he took me.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM.

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