26th May 1790
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497. GEORGE BARNETT was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of May , one linen handkerchief, value 1 s. the property of John Swan .

JOHN SWAN sworn.

On the 21st of May, I had my pocket picked in Long-lane, Smithfield , going towards Aldersgate-street. I felt the prisoner take my handkerchief, and saw him go away with the handkerchief in his hand; and I pursued him; it was in my coat pocket: by the assistance of Ryland, I took him; I saw Ryland take the handkerchief from him; I never lost sight of him: the constable has the handkerchief.

- RYLAND sworn.

I saw the prisoner attempt to pick the prosecutor's pocket: Mr. Swan felt him; I saw the prisoner take the handkerchief; I took him, and gave the handkerchief to the constable.


I am the constable.

(Produces the handkerchief, which the prosecutor deposes to.)


I was going down to Long-lane, and there was a number of people made a stoppage; and the gentleman said I had picked his pocket: I am willing to go to sea, or for a soldier.

Court to Swan. Was any body near you? - Not so near as the prisoner.

Prisoner. My witnesses are not here; I did not expect to be tried to day.

GUILTY (aged 15.)

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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