6th June 1821
Reference Numbert18210606-140
VerdictNot Guilty

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849. RICHARD HARRIS was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of March , from the person of Joseph Carter , four 1 l. Bank notes, his property .

JOSEPH CARTER . I am a coal-whipper , and live at Rotherhithe. On the 27th of March, about a quarter past six in the morning, I was in company with the prisoner, a woman, and one Price - I did not know the prisoner before, I fell in company with him, about a quarter past one in the morning, at the Bunch of Grapes. I paid for a pot of porter for him in the course of the morning, and three for Price, as they had no change. They said, if I went to Whitechapel they could get change - we went to Wentworth-street, and then to the Compasses in Brick-lane - the two men went out for five or ten minutes, leaving me and the woman there - when they returned I wished them to get change. Price said, he thought I could give change - I said, I could not; and to satisfy them, I pulled out what silver I had and four 1 l. notes. The prisoner snatched my notes out of my hand, and run out of the tap-room door, and I after him - Price followed, and tripped me up in the street. I saw Harris running; Price was brought back and taken to the watch-house - he was tried and convicted last Session. I did not see the prisoner till the 7th of May, when he was taken.

Cross-examined by MR ALLEY. Q. Are you married - A. Yes, and have a family. We went to four houses, and drunk nothing but porter. I know nothing about the girl.

JONATHAN JOE . I keep the Compasses. Between six and seven o'clock in the morning the prosecutor came in with Price, the prisoner, and a woman - Price produced a bit of paper, and asked me to give change - I cannot say whether it was a note or not. Price asked me to trust him a pot - I said, No; and they might leave the house. I heard a bustle as I was lighting my fire, and saw the prisoner and another running out. I did not see Carter produce his money, but heard money jink.

JOHN BARRS . I am inspector of the watch. I was in Wentworth-street, and saw the prisoner, Carter, Price, and a woman, before they went into the Compasses. Price and the woman were arm-in-arm. I saw them go in and come out of a coffee-shop - I watched them into the Compasses - the prisoner and Price ran out very fast. I went in, heard every thing quiet, and went away. I searched Price at the watch-house, and found no note on him.

THOMAS GARTON . I am an officer of Worship-street. I apprehended the prisoner.


Second Middlesex Jury, before W. Arabin, Esq.

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