1st January 1844
Reference Numbert18440101-436
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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436. JOHN WATTS was indicted for stealing 4 handkerchiefs, value 6s., the goods of Charles Greville Moore.

SARAH MATILDA MOORE . I am the wife of Charles Greville Moore, of Shadwell. On the 18th of Dec. the prisoner came in about seven o'clock in the evening, and told me he had been watching some little boys for some time, who were endeavouring to take the handkerchiefs which hung inside the door—I ran round the counter, and found that four were gone—I said it was very strange if he had been watching them, that he did not tell me before—he made no answer, but smiled, and ran off directly—this is one of the handkerchiefs I lost.

WILLIAM TRIGGE , shopman to Mr. Wood, pawnbroker, Ratcliff-highway. The prisoner offered to pawn this handkerchief about half-past nine o'clock on the morning of the 19th of Dec—I sent for a policeman, who took him.

GEORGE TICKNER (police-constable K 89.) I took the prisoner—he said he bought the handkerchief of a boy for 4d., the night before.

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming from work; a boy asked me to buy it; I gave him 4d. for it.

GUILTY . Aged 18— confined Three months.

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