WILLIAM VANDREMONT ELLIS, GEORGE BAKER, JOHN WRIGHT, WILLIAM HAWKINS.
15th May 1848
Reference Numbert18480515-1192
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1192. WILLIAM VANDREMONT ELLIS, GEORGE BAKER, JOHN WRIGHT , and WILLIAM HAWKINS , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s. 6d.; the goods of James Turnham, from his person.

JAMES TURNHAM. I live in Love-lane, Aldermanbury. On the evening of 4th April, I was in Ludgate-street, about ten minutes to ten o'clock I received information, and missed my handkerchief—this is it (produced.)

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. You did not know you lost it? A. Not till I felt in my pocket—it was upwards of twenty minutes since I knew it was safe.

MICHAEL HAYDON (City-policeman, 21.) At half-past nine o'clock on the evening of 4th April, I saw the four prisoners together, by the European Tavern, opposite the Mansion House—I followed them down the Poultry—I saw Baker and Hawkins go round a number of persons, touching their pockets—Baker, Wright, and Hawkins went on the left-hand side and Ellis on the right-hand; he kept a look out right and left—Baker, Wright, and Hawkins surrounded a man who was carrying a box, just past Bow Church—the man stopped and put down the box, and they went on to St. Paul's-churchyard—Ellis crossed over and joined them, and they all four remained, talking, for two or three minutes—they went across the churchyard, on the north side—the prosecutor and another gentleman passed rather quickly—the four prisoners quickened their pace and went after them, and near the west end of the yard Wright closed up to the prosecutor—Baker and Hawkins went behind Wright, and Ellis behind Baker and Hawkins—as they turned the corner, I lost sight of them for a moment—when I saw them again, they had slackened their pace, and Wright passed something to Ellis; I could not see what—Ellis put it into his right-hand coat-pocket, and crossed to the left-hand side of Ludgate-street, the other three remaining on the right side—I sent an officer to the prosecutor and took Ellis—I found this handkerchief in his pocket—this other handkerchief I found lying on the ground in the station—this other handkerchief was round Ellis's neck, and this other handkerchief was taken from Wright.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Ellis was some little distance behind Hawkins and Baker? A. Yes—I did not see the handkerchief taken—Ellis put what he had into his right-hand pocket, and from that pocket I drew this handkerchief—there was nothing else in it—I am not aware that I said before the Magistrate that it was the left-hand pocket.

Cross-examined by MR. STEEL. Q. Was there a crowd the European Coffee-house? A. I dare say there were fifty or sixty persons there—I did not take Baker.

JAMES BRETT (City-policeman, 13.) I saw the prisoners together—I saw the prosecutor on Ludgate-hill—I went after him and assisted in taking the prisoners.

Wright's Defence. I was walking along and met Ellis; I picked up the handkerchief; I know nothing of Baker nor Hawkins.

Hawkins. I never saw Ellis nor Wright before; I was in company with Baker.

NOT GUILTY.


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