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<persName id="t18300114-90-victim665" type="victimName"> Henry Ewers
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<persName id="t18300114-90-person666"> HENRY EWERS
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<interp inst="t18300114-90-person666" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t18300114-90-victim665 t18300114-90-viclabel497"/>. On the 24th of December, as I was returning from the City, through
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18300114-90-off495 t18300114-90-crimeloc498"/>, my attention was drawn to a grocer's-shop, which was fitted up with illumination-lamps - it was about half-past ten o'clock at night; I felt something at my pocket, turned round, and saw the prisoner drawing my handkerchief from my pocket, and hand it over to his accomplice - he ran over to some buildings - I ran, caught him before he got there, and gave him over to the Police, but the other got away with the handkerchief; I am certain the prisoner is the person who took it from my pocket - I kept my eyes upon him as he crossed the road, and never lost sight of him.</p>
<p>Prisoner. He caught another man, and I accused him of it. Witness. I did take his accomplice first, but finding
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="183001140053"/>the prisoner making his escape, I ran after him - if the Police had been near I should have taken them both.</p>
<p>Prisoner. He came and asked if I had the property - I said, "No, Sir," and then he took me to the road, to see if I had thrown it down. Witness. No, I did not; I took him to the Police, but I had several other things in my pocket, and I thought I might have dropped some.</p>
<p>JURY. Q. Did he and the accomplice go the same way? A. No. - I laid hold of the accomplice directly; I did not go from the place.</p>
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<persName id="t18300114-90-person667"> JOHN THORP
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<interp inst="t18300114-90-person667" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a Police-officer. I took the prisoner from the prosecutor - I asked what he had done with the handkerchief; he said he had not got it.</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence. I deny having it, or having seen it - I was crossing and was taken.</p>
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