18th February 1830
Reference Numbert18300218-19
VerdictNot Guilty

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516. WILLIAM JONES was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of January , 1 handkerchief, value 4s., the goods of Ralph Charles Price , from his person .

MR. RALPH CHARLES PRICE . I live in William-street, Blackfriars, and am the son of Mr. Ralph Price . On the 21st of January, about three o'clock, I was on Ludgate-hill - my handkerchief was safe half an hour before, when I left home; I felt a pull at my pocket, turned round, and saw my handkerchief in the prisoner's hand; I immediately collared and secured him - there appeared to be another man with him; he followed us to the Compter, and on returning I saw him outside the gates - I delivered the handkerchief to the officer, and am quite sure it was mine; the officer is not here.

Prisoner's Defence. I went to look for a situation, and met a person in Gracechurch-street; she asked me to go and see the funeral of Sir Thomas Lawrence - I was standing at the corner of Ludgate-hill; she called out.

"William, there is a man picking a gentleman's pocket;" the man threw the handkerchief down, and ran away; I took it up, and ran after the man with it - I tapped the gentleman on the shoulder, and told him that was the man that was running, but he collared me.

MR. PRICE. He told me after I had collared him that another person took it, but not till I had collared him; he did not tap me on the shoulder - it was at the time of the funeral.

ELEANOR FITCH. I live in Harcourt-street, Skinner-street. Somer's-town, and am an ostrich feather maker. I was going to the Minories to purchase some feathers, and saw the prisoner there; I have known him three or four years - he was alone; I saw a handkerchief taken from this gentleman's pocket, but by whom I cannot say, except that it was not by the prisoner, for I had hold of his arm - I had asked him to assist me as far as he was going, for I was taken ill, and was confined at five o'clock that very day, with the baby I now hold in my arms; if he had taken the handkerchief I must have seen it - I swear he did not take it; it was thrown alongside, on my basket, which I had in my hand. but by whom I cannot say - I saw the gentleman lay hold of the prisoner, and heard him say,"If you will let me go I will point out the man who took the handkerchief;" I did not tell Mr. Price what I had seen, for I was taken bad at the time, and was confined in three hours - a gentleman standing by saw that I was taken ill.


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