17th September 1817
Reference Numbert18170917-172
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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1279. JOHN ENNIS and SARAH FORRESTER was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of July , one handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of James Walsh , from his person .

SECOND COUNT the same, only stating it to be the property of a certain person unknown.

WILLIAM SUMMERLING. I am clerk to a warehouse-man, in Ironmonger-lane. On the 12th of July, about twenty minutes after five o'clock, I saw the prisoner in Swithin's-lane, Forresterspoke to Ennis, he shook his head, they both turned round and went to a picture shop, Forrester went to a gentleman's pocket-the gentleman went away. I could not see whether she took any thing, or not. Mr. Walsh came up, I saw her put her hand into his pocket, take his handkerchief out, and put it under her cloak, she then gave something to Ennis, and they both turned away. I asked Mr. Walsh if he missed any thing, he said he had lost his handkerchief; I told him Forrester had it, he asked her for it, she said she had not got it; I said then Ennis must have it, and ran after him - He ran away-Mr. Walsh collared him. I saw the handkerchief in Walsh's hand when he had hold of Ennis.

SAMUEL SIMMONS. On the 12th of August I was in Threadneedle-street, and saw Forrester secured; the officer brought the other prisoner up and gave Forrester in my charge.

JOHN FLEET . On the 12th of August the prosecutor gave the prisoners in my charge. Mr. Walsh is gone abroad - He swore to the handkerchief at the Mansion-House, in the prisoners' presence.

ENNIS'S Defence. The gentleman said it was not his.

ENNIS - GUILTY . Aged 32.


Confined One Year .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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