11th April 1833
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783. THOMAS HOMER was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of April , 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of John Wippell , from his person .

JOHN WIPPELL . I am a coal-merchant , and live at Red Lion-wharf, Wapping. On the 3rd of April, between one and two o'clock, I was in Thames-street , just before the Custom-house; I thought I felt something at my pocket - I turned round, and the prisoner had got my handkerchief in his hands, doubling it up; he saw me, and dropped it - I followed him, calling Stop thief! and he was stopped on St. Dunstan's-hill; it was safe not ten minutes before.

ROBERT HOWARD . I am an officer of Tower ward. - The prisoner was delivered to me with the handkerchief; I have had it ever since.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. The gentleman was on the other side of the way; I saw a boy attempt his pocket - I crossed, caught hold of the boy, and he threw the handkerchief at my feet, and ran away - I ran after him, and the gentleman took me.

MR. WIPPELL. It is utterly false - there was a boy near him, who went away; he did not state this then.

GUILTY . Aged 20. - Transported for 14 Years .

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