22nd September 1873
Reference Numbert18730922-591
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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591. JOHN CARMER (22) , Stealing a purse, two pieces of paper, and 2s. 6d., of John Packer, from the person of Elizabeth Ellen Packer.

MR. MOODY conducted the Prosecution; and MR. AUSTIN METCALFE the Defence.

ELIZABETH ELLEN PACKER . I am the wife of John Packer, of Ampton Street, Gray's Inn Road—on 22nd August I was on Tower Hill, I felt my dress touched—I looked down and saw the prisoner's hand in my pocket, I grasped him by the collar with one hand, and with the other caught his hand in my pocket, with the purse in it; I pulled his hand out of my pocket, purse and all, and took the purse from his hand, it was open, there was then only 6d. in it, it had contained 2s. 6d. and two duplicates—I saw him pass his hand, and a young man with weak eyes ran away directly—some man said "There goes the man with the money"—I said "Never mind the man with the money, I have got the man who put his hand in my pocket"—I saw the money in the prisoner's hand—he got away from me, but he was stopped by a person named Robinson, and I gave him into custody.

Cross-examined. I was speaking to a person at a photograph shop, and the prisoner was looking at the pictures while he was picking my pocket—I daresay there were twenty or thirty persons about, it was about half-past 1 o'clock, just the dinner time—I caught hold of the prisoner's hand actually in my pocket, with the purse in it, and the 2s. was between his fingers—I had come up from New Cross with 3s. and I changed one at the station.

GEORGE CATCHPOLE (Policeman H 192). The prisoner was given into my custody, and the prosecutrix gave me the purse—the prisoner was told what he was charged with—he said he did not do it, he had not spoken to her, and did not see her.

GUILTY .**— Five Years' Penal Servitude.

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