15th September 1851
Reference Numbert18510915-1808
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1808. WILLIAM BRYANT , stealing 1 purse, value 6d.; 1 sixpence, 1 penny, and 1 halfpenny; the property of Eliza Granville: from her person.

ELIZA GRANVILLE . I am single. On 3rd Sept, I was landing from a steamboat at London Bridge, and missed my purse, which I had safe in my pocket a minute before—I saw the prisoner before me in the crowd—he fell down over a step, and I saw my purse between his fingers—I called out—the captain caught him—he got away from him, and the policeman stopped him—there was 6d., 1d., and 1/2 d. in the purse—this is it (produced).

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What boat was it? A. The Ant, halfpenny boat—it was very crowded—the people pass out over a board—the prisoner was about two yards from me when I saw the purse in his hand—there were a great many people between me and him—when he gut up again he commenced running—I did not see the purse thrown away—I am a servant out of place—Esther Bull was with me.

ESTHER BULL . I was with Granville—I heard her call out, and saw the purse in the prisoner's hand—he threw it down, and 1 picked it up, and gave it to her again—this is it—the prisoner was caught.

Cross-examined. Q. How long have you known Granville? A. Two years—I am single—I am a servant, but have been out of place three weeks—I was on the pier when the prisoner threw the purse—I cannot say whether it was the captain, or any one else who caught the prisoner, because I stooped to pick the purse up—I have no family—I was in St. Giles, Work-house last Christmas—I had a child there, but it is dead—I have had two, bat they are both dead—I was three months in my last place—I have not been in many places.

ANDREW SMITH . I am master of the Ant steamboat—I recollect the prosecutrix being on board on 3rd Sept.—when we came to London Bridge I heard a cry, saw the prisoner running, and caught him on the pier.

Cross-examined. Q. It is rather difficult to run away from the Ant, is it not? A. No; he was very nimble—there may have been a step to go up to London-bridge—it is a moveable platform—it was not low-water time, Perhaps about half up.

GUILTY . Aged 18.

The prisoner was further charged with having been before convicted.

JOSEPH DALTON . I am a police-officer, of Dorsetshire. I was in the city-police—I produce a certificate—(read—Central Criminal Court, William Brian, convicted on his own confession, Nov., 1847, of stealing from the person—Confined three months)—I was present—the prisoner is the same person.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Are you sure he is the person? A. Yes; I have been in the country—it is five or six years since the

conviction—he gave his age thirteen—(the Sessions Paper of Nov., 1847, being referred to, stated William Brian's age to be twelve)—I believe he was tried in the New Court, before the late Common Serjeant.

JURY. Q. Did you see him after his conviction, and before the present lime? A. Yes, about the streets; and I know him by a mark on his face I have had to pick him out from among others—I have been in the country two years.

CHARLES GRIMES . I am a turnkey of the prison. The prisoner served three months' imprisonment from this Court, in Nov., 1847—I recollect him well—he also had two months in Aug., 1847.

GUILTY.— Confined Twelve Months.

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