12th July 1797
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475. JOHN HOLMES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 27th of June , a silk handkerchief, value 6d. the property of a certain person unknown.

ROBERT DAWSON sworn. - I am one of the officers of the Marshalsea Court: On the 27th of June, I saw the prisoner, and several others, in Fleet-street, attempting to pick the pockets of several persons; at length, one gentleman they had followed a considerable distance, and just as he had crossed over Fetter-lane, the prisoner, covered by the others, took this handkerchief out of his pocket, he was going towards Fetter-lane, one of them was before the gentleman, and turned round in the gentleman's face, and the other two behind the prisoner; to prevent any body seeing it, he concealed it under his left arm pit; I took him before Sir William Plomer ; one of them was dressed like a servant, in a blue livery trimmed with silver lace.

Prisoner's defence. The handkerchief is my own.

GUILTY . (Aged 20.)

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. Justice LAWRENCE.

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