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<p>616.
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18130602-101-off537 t18130602-101-crimeloc539"/>; I had a child in my arms and another walking by the side of me; my wife was with me. It was about ten minutes past eight in the evening; the prisoner rushed up to me, and took my watch out of my pocket; I sung out stop thief. He ran about ten or twenty yards, he flung the watch back over his shoulder.</p>
<p>Q. Did you see that - A. Yes; the officer has got the watch. (The watch produced.) That is my watch; I value it at thirty shillings; it cost me three pounds. My wife pursued him; he was taken.</p>
<p>Q. Did you see him brought back - A. Yes, I stood fast with the two children until he was brought back; I am sure the person that was brought back was the person that took my watch; the prisoner is the person. I never saw him before.</p>
<p>Q. Did you resist his taking the watch - A. No. I could not; I had a child in my arms. It was taken by a mere snatch.</p>
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<interp inst="t18130602-101-person950" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . Q. Have you heard the account that your husband has given - A. Yes: I remember every thing to have happened that he has stated. The prisoner was brought back in less then a quarter of an hour. I know it to be my husband's watch. My husband had not time to resist; he had an infant in his arms.</p>
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<persName id="t18130602-101-person951"> EDWARD BUCHANAN
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<interp inst="t18130602-101-person951" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I was in Dog-row, Bethnal-green, I had been passing along Whitechapel-road. I perceived the a watch and chain in his hand; he was doubling the chain in his hand; the prosecutor sung out stop thief; I asked him if he had lost any thing; he said his watch; the prisoner was running up Bakers-row, I pursued him; he threw the watch over his head.</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence. I hope you will take it into consideration; I am but a youth. I am willing to serve his Majesty either by sea or by land.</p>
<p>GUILTY, aged 16,</p>
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<p>First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.</p> </div1></div0>
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