14th February 1833
Reference Numbert18330214-137
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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564. JOHN GANDY and JOHN ATKINS were indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of January , 2 purses, value 5s.; 4 half-crowns, and 8 shillings, the property of Eliza Talbott , from her person .

ELIZA TALBOTT . I am a widow , and live in Adam-

street, Manchester-square. On the 23rd of January, about twelve o'clock at noon, I was at the corner of Goulston-street, Whitechapel - I had a reticule on my arm, and was walking quickly along - I was hustled by four or five or six persons, who got round me, and when I attempted to cross, the opening was stopped by one or another of the gang - I was rather pushed back by one or the other of the gang, and one of them, whom I believe to be Gandy, said, "Ladies, pass on, you are a long time crossing," and at that time there was an opening made for me to move - I went to move, and immediately heard a cry of Stop thief! I found my reticule was cut, and two purses had been taken out, each of which had silver in it- I have never seen any of the money or the purses since; I can swear the two prisoners were at the corner of the street, and I believe Gandy was the one who said "Ladies pass on" - he was taken immediately, and Atkins on the 30th.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. Were there not a great number of persons there? A. No; there were several passing and re-passing - those who did pass were obliged to go into the road to cross; I wished to pass on- when I heard the expression, Gandy was before me, and the others were chiefly before me or on the side of me; I should think it could not have occurred by accident - I was impeded in my walk.

CHARLES BAKER . I am warehouseman to Messrs. Harben and Larkin, I was in the warehouse, on the 23rd of January, about twelve o'clock in the day, and heard the alarm - I ran to the door, and saw Gandy run up the street; I stopped him, and asked what he had been doing - he said Nothing; I seized him - he struck and bit me, but I still held him - Atkins then came up, and Gandy passed a purse to him.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you run? A. No; he ran towards me - I met him; Atkins came up, and received a green purse from him - it had a little tassel to it.

ELIZA TALBOT . One of my purses was green, and the other black.

THOMAS REYNOLDS . I am high-constable of the Towerhamlets - I heard a cry of Stop thief! and saw a mob running up Goulston-street - I went up, and found Gandy in the possession of Baker; I took him and found on him this pen-knife, and a cork attached to a leather thong; Baker described Atkins to me, and I took him some days afterwards.

WILLIAM SAVAGE (Police-constable H 50). I was on duty in Whitechapel on the 23rd of January; I saw the two prisoners and five others at the corner of Goulston-street - I went on, and was afterwards told I was wanted; I went back, and found Gandy in custody - on the Wednesday following, I found Atkins, in company with Douglas in the City; I took him, and found this pen-knife on him.

Atkins. Can Baker state that I took the purse?

CHARLES BAKER. Yes; I have known him the last three years in company with bad characters - he had a brown surtout coat on, blue waistcoat, and light trousers.

Atkins to WILLIAM SAVAGE. Q. What dress had I on? A. A brown surtout coat, but I did not notice your trousers or waistcoat; I have known you well for the last two years.

Gandy. The prosecutrix at first said she could not swear to my being there.

ELIZA TALBOTT . No; I said I would not swear you were the person who cut the bag, but I said you were there.

GANDY - GUILTY . Aged 23.

ATKINS - GUILTY . Aged 19.

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