11th April 1833
Reference Numbert18330411-91
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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Second London Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin .

762. JAMES SIMPTER and HENRY OXLEY were indicted for stealing, on the 9th of March , 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of John Soward, the younger , from his person; and that the said James Simpter had been before convicted of felony .

JOHN SOWARD, JUN. I am a statuary and mason . On the 9th of March I was with my father, in Skinner-street, Snow-hill , about ten o'clock in the evening - I felt a tug; I turned, and saw Simpter draw my handkerchief from my pocket, and pass it to Oxley; I caught them both as well as I could, but they got from me - my father caught Simpter, and the officer caught Oxley; he was close to Simpter when he took the handkerchief, and Oxley threw it on the ground - I picked it up.

Simpter. Q. You stated at the watch-house that Oxley took your handkerchief? A. No, I stated what I have now.

JOHN SOWARD , SEN. I was walking up Skinner-street, with my son; he cried out, turned, and said "They have stolen my handkerchief" - I turned and saw Oxley running away; I caught Simpter, and told my son to run after Oxley, which he did, and an officer took him.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GEORGE WILLIAMS. I am a constable. I produce a certificate from Mr. Clark's office of the former conviction of James Simpter, on the 5th of July - he was sentenced to six month's imprisonment in the House of Correction; I was the officer who took him - I know he is the person.


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