WILLIAM HOLDSWORTH, Theft > pocketpicking, 12th January 1820.

Reference Number: t18200112-87
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation
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296. WILLIAM HOLDSWORTH was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of December , one whittle, value 2 s. 6 d., the goods of Ann Bevan , from her person .

ANN BEVAN . On Sunday, the 19th of December, between six and seven o'clock in the evening, as I was going down Mount-pleasant three boy s met me, turned back, and followed me. I ran, and they ran after me; one of them gave me a slight blow on the head, and took my shawl away; I called out Stop thief! but did not see any one stop him. I ran after him, but lost sight of him. I was telling some people, and saw the prisoner coming towards me. I laid hold of him, and said,

"This is the boy" - I am sure he is the boy who took my shawl, and struck me.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. It was done in an instant - A. No, they followed me, and I turned back and looked at them - my shawl was produced. I am servant to Mrs. Finikin, Gray's Inn-lane.

JOHN TOZER . I heard the cry of Stop thief! in Great Bath-street, and saw the prisoner running in the middle of the road; he saw me running, and dropped the shawl. I secured him, and brought him back to Bevan, who claimed the shawl, and said the prisoner took it.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Transported for Life .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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