23rd August 1841
Reference Numbert18410823-2222
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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2222. GEORGE TATHAM was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of August, 1 necklace, value 1s. 6d., the goods of Joseph Barnett, from the person of Samuel Barnett.

ANN BARNETT . I live with my father, a labourer, in Fleur-de-lis-court, Spitalfields. About five o'clock in the evening of Tuesday, the 17th of August, I was crossing Stewart-street with my brother Samuel in my arms—he is six months old—I felt a snatch, and missed a necklace from his neck—I turned round and saw Mr. Cheesman, and saw the prisoner running—I did not see who did it—Mr. Cheesman ran after him and overtook him—the necklace was produced by Mr. Phillips.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Had you known the prisoner before? A. No.

ROBERT CHEESMAN . I saw the prisoner go behind the witness, snatch the beads off the child's neck, and run away—I followed him—he ran off and threw them down—I took them up and pursued him till the policeman took him.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you want to get any money of any body? A. No—when I left the Magistrate on the 18th, I went to a public-house and had a pint of half-and-half—a man followed me who represented him-self to be related to the prisoner—his father and mother said, "You have no occasion, as your deposition is not taken, to appear again"—I said I must, and a man said, "I will pay your expenses if you will go out of the way"—I inquired of my solicitor, and he said if I took any thing I should be liable to be indicted—I had appointed to meet the prisoner's father (seeing them in such distress) on the Friday evening, at six o'clock, at the sign of the Raven, in Mile-end-road, but when I found that I should be wrong to do it, I sent a person to the father on Friday morning to say I would not meet him—I did net ask 3s. a day for three weeks from the father—it was mentioned by the father and others of the party—I did not get a farthing.

COURT. Q. Did you know the prisoner before? A. No, I never saw him—on my solemn oath I saw him take the necklace from the child's neck.

MICHAEL CONWAY (police-constable H 138.) I saw the prisoner running, and took him—Cheesman came to the station-house and said he saw him take the beads from the child's neck—the prisoner did not say any thing.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he say nothing? A. I asked him if he had seen any necklace—he said no—when the depositions were taken he said he was very sorry—I do not recollect him saying any thing about the beads in my presence.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined One Month.—The last Week Solitary.

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