17th February 1819
Reference Numbert18190217-184

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497. WILLIAM THOMPSON was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of February , one shawl, value 5 s., the property of Julia Ann M'Keever , from her person .

MISS JULIA ANN M'KEEVER. I live near Rochester. On the 21st of February I was going along Upper Berkeley-street , about eight o'clock in the evening, the prisoner came behind me, put both his hands up, took my shawl off, and ran away with it. I called Stop thief! and he was stopped before he was out of my sight. He dropped the shawl before he was stopped.

RICHARD JENKINS . I am a watchman. My box is at the bottom of Berkeley-street. I heard the cry of stop thief, and saw the prisoner crossing the street, about twenty yards off - he dropped the shawl. I secured him, and never lost sight of him. The prosecutrix came up immediately.

HENRY FROST . I am a watchman. I was at the corner of Adam-street, heard the cry, and saw the prisoner running not three yards from the prosecutrix; he dropped the shawl, and I picked it up.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. A boy threw it on my shoulder, and said,

"Run." I threw it down.

GUILTY . Aged 16.

Transported for Life .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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