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<p>954.
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18290409-275-off1549 t18290409-275-crimeloc1553"/>; I felt a pressure at my pocket - I felt, and missed my handkerchief; I saw two persons near me, and took hold of one of them; a gentleman came up, and said he would point out the prisoner; he showed him to me in Coventry-street; I recognised him as one who had been behind me - on the road to the watch-house he spoke to a person, and my handkerchief was sent to the watch-house.</p>
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<persName id="t18290409-275-person2516"> GEORGE WILLIAM IRESON
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<interp inst="t18290409-275-person2516" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I saw Mr. Bricknell standing in the street; the prisoner took a handkerchief from his pocket, and put it behind him - a boy, who was standing against a post, took it from him; I am certain he is the person - I pointed him out to the prosecutor.</p>
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<persName id="t18290409-275-person2517"> THOMAS GOOK
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<interp inst="t18290409-275-person2517" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am an officer. The prisoner was brought to me; the handkerchief was delivered to me by Harris.</p>
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<persName id="t18290409-275-person2518"> JOHN HARRIS
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<interp inst="t18290409-275-person2518" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . About half-past eight o'clock I was going to get some wood; I saw a mob, and went up; the prisoner called me, and told me to go to Peter-street, to
<persName id="t18290409-275-person2519"> Jem Connolly
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<interp inst="t18290409-275-person2519" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and fetch the handkerchief, which I did.(Property produced and sworn to.)</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence. This gentleman took another boy who had picked his pocket. I went on to St. Martin's church, and back again - he then came, and charged me with it after he had let the other boy go: I said I would go and show him where the other boy was, as I saw a boy running with it; I met Harris, and told him to go to the boy - it is quite false for that gentleman to say he saw me pick the pocket; if he did, why did he not take me.</p>
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<interp inst="t18290409-275-verdict1554" type="verdictCategory" value="guilty"/> GUILTY </rs>. Aged 21.</p>
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