18th July 1821
Reference Numbert18210718-12
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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919. THOMAS WHITE and MICHAEL MORTON were indicted for stealing, on the 20th of June , one handkerchief, value 5 s., the goods of John Augustus Knipe , from his person .

JOHN AUGUSTUS KNIPE , ESQ. I live at Wimbledon. On the 20th of June I was walking from Newport-street into Lisle-street , a man said I had lost something; I felt, and missed my handkerchief - he told me to follow him, which I did, and saw the prisoners in custody soon after. My handkerchief was produced.

GEORGE STRINGER . I work for Mr. Ricketts, in the Strand. I was passing through Lisle-street, about a quarter before two o'clock in the afternoon, the prisoner ran against me. I watched them and saw them go up to Mr. Knipe. White took hold of his coat, and took his handkerchief out. They then crossed the road, and went through Newport-market, together. I lost sight of them for about two minutes, I overtook them in Porter-street. I seized White, and gave him to Mr. Knipe. I took Morton in Lumber-court, he threw the handkerchief down, about three yards before I took him.

OWEN CLUTTON . I am an excise officer. I was at the end of Lisle-street, and saw Mr. Knipe coming towards Lisle-street, and saw White lift the pocket up, and take something out and, give it to Morton, I told Mr. Knipe we pursued and they were taken.

HAMMOND WELLS . I heard the alarm, ran up, and found the prisoners in custody.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

MORTON'S Defence. I came out of No. 10, and was taken.

WHITE - GUILTY . Aged 18.

MORTON - GUILTY . Aged 17.

Transported for Life .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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