3rd January 1833
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388. FREDERICK COOPER was indicted for a misdemeanor .

CHARLES SAMUEL SMITH . I am a clothier , and live in Beech-street, Barbican . On the 12th of December , about half-past six o'clock in the evening, I was standing in my shop and heard linen or a string breaking; I turned round, and saw the prisoner with the coat in question in his hands; he was standing in the act of pulling it down; it had been torn down from one loop, but still hung by the other loop; he was in the shop, the door opens four or five feet into the shop, and the shop is up two steps; I seized him, and sent my child over for an officer - while I held him under a gas-light in the middle of the shop; he said repeatedly that if I would let him go he would stand quietly - and as the child could not get an officer, I loosed my hold and went to the door to call assistance, but seeing nobody near at that moment, he rushed from the back of the shop to get out; I seized him before he got to the door, and he began fighting desperately, and while this was about, another man came up the steps into the shop, and struck me a violent blow in the face, which I felt for some days - I then disengaged one hand from the prisoner, to defend myself, and he rushed from me - in going down the steps, round the corner, he came against the glass, and broke two squares - he ran in the road; I pursued him, and opposite Mr. Druce the butcher, the shopman came out, and caught hold of him - he knocked him down and ran away; I still pursued, and came up with him by the corner of Golden-lane; I was not the first that took hold of him there - a Policeman came, and he was secured, but previous to this several others had come round him, and I received some blows - there was evidently a gang of them.

GEORGE BROWN . I am shopman to Mr. Druce. I was standing at the door, and the prisoner ran by - I tried to

catch him, and he knocked me down; we proceeded on, and the officer took him - he is the man.

EDWARD MACDOWALL . I am an officer. I was at the corner of Redcross-street, and heard the cry of Stop thief!- I immediately crossed over to the corner of Golden-lane, and caught hold of the prisoner; there was a cry of Rescue! and at the corner of Beech-street he struck me a violent blow in the face, and afterwards a violent blow on the left side of the breast; he was secured.

Prisoner's Defence. I saw a coat hanging at the door, and was going to buy it - I asked the prosecutor the price - he immediately collared me; I said, "Let me go;" he would not; as I went out, by accident, I broke two panes of glass.

GUILTY . Aged 25. - Confined Eighteen Months .

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