<!-- © 2003-2008 Old Bailey Proceedings Online -->
<div0 id="18310908" type="sessionsPaper" fragment="yes">
<div1 type="trialAccount" id="t18310908-98">
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="183109080053"/>
<xptr type="preceedingDiv" divtype="trialAccount" id="t18310908-97"/>
<xptr type="followingDiv" divtype="trialAccount" id="t18310908-99"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98" type="collection" value="BAILEY"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98" type="year" value="1831"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98" type="uri" value="sessionsPapers/18310908"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98" type="date" value="18310908"/>
<join result="criminalCharge" id="t18310908-98-off544-c698" targOrder="Y" targets="t18310908-98-defend858 t18310908-98-off544 t18310908-98-verdict548"/>
<persName id="t18310908-98-defend858" type="defendantName"> THOMAS CLEMENTS
<interp inst="t18310908-98-defend858" type="surname" value="CLEMENTS"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98-defend858" type="given" value="THOMAS"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98-defend858" type="gender" value="male"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98-defend858" type="age" value="17"/> </persName> was indicted for
<rs id="t18310908-98-off544" type="offenceDescription">
<interp inst="t18310908-98-off544" type="offenceCategory" value="theft"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98-off544" type="offenceSubcategory" value="pocketpicking"/> stealing, on the
<rs id="t18310908-98-cd545" type="crimeDate">21st of July</rs>
<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t18310908-98-off544 t18310908-98-cd545"/>, 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of a man unknown, from his person </rs>.</p>
<persName id="t18310908-98-person859"> BENJAMIN ALLEN STONE
<interp inst="t18310908-98-person859" type="surname" value="ALLEN STONE"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98-person859" type="given" value="BENJAMIN"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98-person859" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I live in Hosier-lane, and am a constable. On the 21st of July, at night, I was on Holborn-hill; I followed the prisoner and two others from
<placeName id="t18310908-98-crimeloc546">Field-lane</placeName>
<interp inst="t18310908-98-crimeloc546" type="placeName" value="Field-lane"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98-crimeloc546" type="type" value="crimeLocation"/>
<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18310908-98-off544 t18310908-98-crimeloc546"/> to the corner of
<placeName id="t18310908-98-crimeloc547">Hatton-garden</placeName>
<interp inst="t18310908-98-crimeloc547" type="placeName" value="Hatton-garden"/>
<interp inst="t18310908-98-crimeloc547" type="type" value="crimeLocation"/>
<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18310908-98-off544 t18310908-98-crimeloc547"/> - the prisoner was attempting a gentleman's pocket all the way; I at last saw him take a silk handkerchief out of the gentleman's pocket - I had followed them two or three hundred yards; he gave the handkerchief to a lad in a blue jacket, who was one of his companions - I ran across the road, and tried to lay hold of both, but they got from me; the other dropped the handkerchief - I took it up, and seized the prisoner; this is it - I do not know the gentleman: if I had followed him I should have lost the prisoner - I should know the other lad again; I have inquired respecting the prisoner, and find he and all his friends were out of work - I believe the utmost distress drove him to it; I hear a very good character of him - he ran about one hundred and fifty yards.</p>
<p>The prisoner delivered in a written Defence, denying the charge.</p>
<rs id="t18310908-98-verdict548" type="verdictDescription">
<interp inst="t18310908-98-verdict548" type="verdictCategory" value="guilty"/> GUILTY </rs>. Aged 17. -
<rs id="t18310908-98-punish549" type="punishmentDescription">
<interp inst="t18310908-98-punish549" type="punishmentCategory" value="imprison"/>
<join result="defendantPunishment" targOrder="Y" targets="t18310908-98-defend858 t18310908-98-punish549"/> Confined Six Months </rs>.</p> </div1></div0>

View as Text