6th December 1827
Reference Numbert18271206-232

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233. WILLIAM NASH was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of November , 12 sovereigns; five half sovereigns; 1 warrant, for payment of and value 6l. 3s. 8d., and four 5l. Bank notes, the property of Thomas Chickley Tiltman , from his person .

THOMAS CHICKLEY TILTMAN. I am a fruiterer , of Covent-garden and Newgate-markets. On Lord Mayor's day, I was at the end of Fleet-market, in Fleet-street ; between three and four o'clock in the afternoon; I wanted to get through the crowd, but could not; I was trying to press through, and all at once the crowd left me - I put my hand to my pocket, and missed all my money. I missed four 5l. Bank notes, a cheque for 6l. 3s. 8d., and I believe twelve sovereigns, and five half sovereigns, which had been all in one pocket. I turned sharp round, and saw the prisoner, I collared him, and said "You have robbed me;" he struck at me, and knocked me away from holding him - he struck at me four or five times afterwards, but I received only one blow - I got a black eye. I still held him, and called for assistance; a person caught hold of one of his hands, and he said I was not robbed, for I had got my money in my pocket - he was trying to put his hand into my pocket again - I caught hold of his hand, told him to open it, and I took the notes from his hand - the cheque was wrapped in them; I said, "Now give me my sovereigns" - he said he had not got them - I put my hand to his waistcoat-pocket, found something rattle, and said, "You have;" he then put his hand into his pocket, and gave me eleven sovereigns and five half-sovereigns.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Was he searched afterwards? A. Yes, and a sovereign and some silver found on him; I had lost some papers, which were not found - the prisoner had not time to pick the money up - he did not say he had done so.

SIMEON ODWELL . I am a publican. Tiltman called out, "For God's sake, assist me; I have lost all my money;" I turned round, and saw the prisoner beating him all over his face - the blood ran from his mouth - I caught him by the hand and collar; the money was found on him; he took the gold from his pocket himself.

HENRY BOLTON . I took the prisoner to the watch-house; I found one sovereign and 14s. 6d. on him - I returned him the silver.

The prisoner put in a written Defence, declaring his innocence, but not accounting for his possession of the money.

GUILTY . Aged 25.

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