8th July 1830
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1407. MICHAEL BATEMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of May , 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of John Harding , from his person; and that he had been previously convicted of felony .

JAMES HARDING . I am a clerk in the Excise. On the 29th of May I was on Tower-hill , about eleven o'clock in the morning; I felt my handkerchief taken from my pocket; I turned quickly, and saw the prisoner trying to conceal it - he had not got it all in his hand; he put his hand behind him, but the corner blew out - I saw it; it had been removed from my pocket.

GEORGE SWALE . I took the prisoner, and have the handkerchief.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I took a walk on Tower-hill - the gentleman accused me of this, and pushed me into a shop; I said I had not the handkerchief - he saw it in another man's hand, and let him go about his business; I never had it.

JAMES ROBERTS . I am constable. I have a certificate of the conviction of the prisoner, on the 10th of September, in the 10th year of the late King's reign - he had two months' imprisonment; I was in Court, and am certain he is the person.

GUILTY . Aged 17. - Transported for Life .

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