12th July 1797
Reference Numbert17970712-70
SentenceImprisonment > newgate

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479. HENRY GRAY was indicted for that he, on the 30th of June , unlawfully did force, and put his right-hand into the coat-pocket of John Avery , against the will of the said John, with intention the goods and chattels of the said John feloniously to steal, take, and carry away .

JOHN AVERY sworn. - I am an organ-builder , in St. Martin's Church-yard, Westminster: On Friday, the 30th of June, I was walking through Fleet-street , near Temble-bar, in company with Mr. Ribbons, and about a foot or two before I got to Temple-bar, I felt a man's hand in my pocket; I instantly turned round and caught hold of it, my handkerchief was in his hand, and about three, parts hanging out of my pocket; I turned round, and said to Mr. Ribbons, here is a rascal has got his hand in my pocket, and I secured him; this is the handkerchief. (Produces it.)

JAMES RIBBONS sworn. - I was walking in company with Mr. Avery on Friday fe'nnight, in the evening, when he turned round, and said, here is a d-d rascal picking my pocket; I turned round, and he had got hold of the prisoner; upon that, we took him to the watch-house.

Mr. Avery. I enquired into his character, and found it so much against him that I determined to pursue the prosecution.

Prisoner. I have had a bad character, but I work very hard for my living now.

GUILTY (Aged 49.)

Confined six months in Newgate .

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

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