18th February 1830
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First London Jury. - Before Mr. Recorder.

513. JAMES BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of February , 1 handkerchief, value 4s., the goods of John Gordon , from his person .

MR. JOHN GORDON . I live at No. 77, Gower-street, Bedford-square. On Monday, the 8th of February, about noon, I was in Skinner-street , walking towards the City, and felt a twitch at my right-hand pocket; I turned suddenly round, and laid hold of the prisoner behind me - two persons appeared to be in his company; I said,"You have taken my handkerchief;" he denied it - I observed the corner of it sticking out of his breeches pocket; I immediately pulled it out, and said that was it - he replied,

"So it is;" a constable happened to be in the way - he got away from me; the constable followed - I lost sight of him, but saw him again in five minutes, and am quite certain of him.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

WILLIAM TURNBULL. I am a constable. I was walking up Skinner-street, and saw Mr. Gordon laying hold of the prisoner's collar; I cannot say whether he had any companions - Mr. Gordon accused him of taking his handkerchief; he denied it - I saw Mr. Gordon take it from his pocket; he twisted himself out of his hands -I followed, and secured him without losing sight of him; the handkerchief was delivered to me.

Prisoner's Defence. I was walking up Skinner-street; the handkerchief was taken out of the gentleman's pocket, and thrown at my feet - I took it up, and put it into my pocket - he turned round, and charged me with it; I gave it to him.

GUILTY . Aged 18. - Transported for Life .

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