17th October 1833
Reference Numbert18331017-22

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1426. JOSEPH HALEY was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of September , 1 handkerchief, value 1s., the goods of Charles Wilkinson , from his person .

CHARLES WILKINSON . On the 7th of September, I was walking along Old Jewry about a quarter after five o'clock, and heard somebody call out, and on turning round they were calling for me; I went up - the officer asked if I had lost anything; I said not - he produced a handkerchief, and asked if it was mine; I said, "If so, it has a particular mark in the centre;" and when it was produced I knew it to be mine by that mark - I had not felt it taken.

GEORGE HENRY ROE . I live in Air-street, Piccadilly. About a quarter after five o'clock, I was coming up Old Jewry, and saw the prisoner and another following the prosecutor - I saw the prisoner take the handkerchief from the prosecutor's pocket - he turned back; I collared and charged him with the theft - he denied it, and threw it into the kennel; I took it up.

Prisoner. He said I put it into my flap before. Witness. He tried to conceal it at first in the flap of his trousers, as it appeared to me.

ABRAHAM HAM . I am an officer and live at No. 4, Lighthorn-court, Bell-alley. I was standing at the end of Coleman-street, and heard a noise in the Old Jewry; I ran up and saw Roe holding the prisoner - he said he had picked a gentleman's pocket - I received the handkerchief from him, and went after the prosecutor, and asked him of he had lost a handkerchief - he was not conscious of it at the time - he said it had a cross in the middle of it, and claimed it.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner. I throw myself on the mercy of the Court; it is the first offence I have been guilty of.

John Coles , town-carman, Holywell-street, Whitechapel; and James Morrison , 8, Denmark-street, St. Giles, gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY . Aged 22. - Confined Three Months .

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