JOHN JOHNSON, JOHN CHRISTOPHER.
17th April 1822
Reference Numbert18220417-162
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceTransportation

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694. JOHN JOHNSON and JOHN CHRISTOPHER were indicted for stealing, on the 28th of March , one handkerchief, value 4 s., the goods of James Upton , from his person .

JOHN THOMPSON . I am an officer. On the 28th of March, about half-past eight o'clock at night, I was in Holborn, and saw the prisoners in company together, watched, and saw them attempt a gentleman's pocket - I followed them into Lincoln's Inn-fields , and saw Johnson lift Mr. Upton's pocket up, with one hand, and take the handkerchief out with the other - Christopher was close by. I immediately seized them both, and Johnson dropped it.

FRANCIS KEYS . I was with Thompson, his account is correct.

JAMES UPTON . I was in Middle-row; my handkerchief was in my left hand pocket - I did not feel it taken. I heard a scuffle, turned round, and saw the prisoners in custody. I claimed the handkerchief.

JOHNSON'S Defence. They have both false sworn themselves.

CHRISTOPHER'S Defence. Johnson had nothing to do with it. I was the unfortunate person who took it. Thompson has false sworn himself.

JOHNSON - GUILTY . Aged 26.

CHRISTOPHER - GUILTY . Aged 25.

Transported for Life .

Second Middlesex Jury, before W. Arabin, Esq.


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