30th June 1831
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1413. WILLIAM WILSON was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of June , 1 sovereign, the money of Abraham Winks , from his person .

ABRAHAM WINKS . I am an engineer . On the 10th of June I met the prisoner in Bethnal-green-road - I was not drunk; I asked if he knew where there was a coffee-shop open - it was then about four o'clock; I had been to a party, and had a good way to go - I had been to bed, but did not much like my lodging; he directed me to the Camden Head, in Bethnal-green-road - I got there about twenty minutes after four; he went with me, and we sat down together - he said he was out of employ, and had had no food; I asked him to go - we had a pot of porter, and I gave him 3d. to get some bread and cheese; he got some, and came back -I did not go to sleep; I was talking to some company on the other side the table - the prisoner put his head down on the table; I did not feel any thing, but I know I had a sovereign in the side pocket of this coat -I pulled it out in the house, and put it in again; I had occasion to show a person that I had such a thing - I am quite sure I put it safe back; the prisoner suddenly jumped up and went out, without saying any thing - I was surprised, and felt my pocket; it was cut and empty - I could not find him till five o'clock in the afternoon, when I had him taken in a beer-shop.

THOMAS ELDRIDGE . I was at the Camden Head at seven o'clock that morning - I saw the prisoner in the taproom, sitting alongside the prosecutor; the prisoner said,"There is a man had known me from infancy - will you drink?" I said, "No, Bill, I will not;" I had known the prisoner; I did not see him take any sovereign, but I saw his head on the table - he went out, and I followed him; he crossed to go to Camden-street - I went to my breakfast; I went to the Camben Head again at eleven o'clock and the prosecutor was there then - he told me of this; I sent Glibbery, who took the prisoner.

SUMUEL MARTIN. I am a weaver. I went into the Camden Head about seven o'clock; the prosecutor and prisoner were there - the prisoner said the prosecutor had some money, and was spending it foolishly - he said he had a sovereign in his coat pocket; the prisoner went out, came in again, and sat down on the left-hand side of the prosecutor - I then went away.

JAMES GLIBBERY . I am an officer. I received information, and took the prisoner - I have known him some years, and can give him a good character.

Prisoner's Defence. I did not take the money.

GUILTY . Aged 22. - Confined One Month .

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