6th June 1821
Reference Numbert18210606-167
VerdictNot Guilty

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876. HENRY COPAS was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of May , from the person of William Lowrie , one seal, value 10 s., and one key, value 6 d. his property .

WILLIAM LOWRIE . On the 13th of May, about half past nine o'clock at night, I was in Whitechapel - a person came up and laid hold of my seal - the ribbon broke, and he ran off with it. I was going to pursue, but some gentlemen said I should get ill used. I gave information at the watch-house.

RICHARD PLUNKETT . About half past ten o'clock at night, on Sunday, I was informed of another robbery. I found the prisoner in a room in George-yard, with four girls, and said,

"Copas, I am very sorry to find you here." I said a gentleman had lost his watch. On searching him, I found Lowrie's key and seal in his pocket. I had information of this robbery also, and took him to the watch-house. He said he picked it up, and went to that house to enquire who lost it.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I went to see a young woman home, and by George-yard I picked up this seal and key. I then met an unfortunate girl, and went with her to this house. The prosecutor said a boy robbed him. I did not leave home till half-past nine o'clock.

WILLIAM LOWRIE . I thought it was a boy who robbed me, by his height - he ran down Castle-alley.


First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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