18th February 1830
Reference Numbert18300218-20
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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517. THOMAS JAMES was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of February , 1 handkerchief, value 5s., the goods of George Smith , from his person .

GEORGE SMITH. I am a surgical-instrument maker , and live in Hertford-row, Old Kent-road. On the 15th of February, between nine and ten o'clock in the morning, I had my handkerchief taken from me, as I was crossing

Smithfield ; I had used it three minutes before; I felt it taken, and saw the prisoner put it into his left-hand breeches pocket; there were four or five boys in his company- I took the handkerchief from him; he begged my pardon, and said if I would let him go he would never do the like again - I took him into a shop, and sent for an officer- he begged my pardon again before the officer came, and said if I would let him go he would never do it again.

JOSEPH BATTEN. I am a Police-officer. I was sent for, and took the prisoner; I found 8s. on him - Mr. Smith gave me the handkerchief: he begged pardon, and said he would never do the like again.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was walking through Smithfield; several boys were behind me - one ran by me, and threw the handkerchief on the sheep pens; I picked it up, and was putting it into my pocket when the gentleman collared me.

JOSEPH BATTEN. He never gave this account before.

GUILTY . Aged 16.

The prisoner received a good character, and was recommended to Mercy.

Whipped and Discharged .

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