26th November 1838
Reference Numbert18381126-107
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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107. CHARLES BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of November, 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of John Symons, from his person.

JOHN SYMONS . I am master of the ship Tigris. On the 27th of November I was in Ratcliff-highway with a friend—I put my hand to my pocket, and missed my handkerchief—I turned, and was told something—I pursued the prisoner, and saw my handkerchief taken from his person—this is it—(looking at it.)

WILLIAM POUNCEBY . I live in High-street, Shadwell. I saw the prosecutor going along, and two young men behind him—one took the handkerchief, and gave it to the prisoner—I told the gentleman—the prisoner ran, and the policeman caught him.

Prisoner. I picked it off the ground as the prosecutor dropped it.

Witness. No, the other took it out of his pocket, and gave it him.

SAMUEL LEWIS (police-constable K 155.) I know Mr. Ballantine's hand-writing—this is what the prisoner said before the Magistrate—(read)—"I did not take it, I had it given to me."

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months.

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