25th February 1901
Reference Numbert19010225-214
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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214. HARRY FRANKS (28) , Stealing a purse and 4s. 4d. from the person of Ethel Moore

MR. GRAIN Prosecuted.

ETHEL MOORE . I am clerk at the British Goldsmiths' Company, 48, Gray's Inn Road—on February 14th, about 12.30, I was in Mansion

House Street, and I felt a hand in my pocket, and when I turned round it disappeared—there were some people in front of me, but no one behind me except the prisoner—I felt in my pocket, and I missed my purse, which contained 4s. 4d.—I spoke to a gentleman, but he took no notice; I then told a policeman, who walked after the prisoner towards Mansion House Street—I was taken afterwards to the Police-station, and identified the prisoner as the man who put his hand into my pocket. (The witness fainted, and was taken out of Court.)

JOHN DAVEY (513, City). About 12.50 on February 14th I was on duty outside the Mansion House, and in consequence of something the last witness said, I followed the prisoner—he turned round and saw me and the prosecutrix approaching him, and began to run—I followed him, and caught him up in George Street—he was momentarily out of my sight when turning out of Mansion House Place into George Street—when I caught him I said, "What are you running for?"—he said, "I am excited, and I have had a drop of drink"—I said, "This girl accuses you of having stolen her purse"—he said, "I have not got the purse; you can search me"—I took him to the station, where he was charged—he said, "Undoubtedly the girl has brothers of her own, and you are trying to tread upon my character."

Cross-examined by the prisoner. Seventeen shillings was found upon you at the Police-station, but no purse.

ETHEL MOORE (Cross-examined.) I did not lose sight of you—no purse was found on you, and no one else was with you—I do not know whether you threw any purse away—I told the constable I did not want to go to the station if I could help it.

The prisoner, in his defence, on oath, stated that he was standing outside the Mansion House, waiting for an omnibus, and the prosecutrix was standing there too, and he, being an unfortunate man, was apprehended for stealing the purse, which he knew nothing about, and although he had a bad character he was innocent.

GUILTY .—He then PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction at Guildhall on June 1st, 1899. Nine other convictions were proved against him.— Five years' penal servitude.

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