11th May 1835
Reference Numbert18350511-1127
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1127. JOHN BYGRAVE was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of April, 1 handkerchief, value 1s. 6d., the goods of Charles Freeman, from his person.

WALTER WILSON . I live in Duke-street, Aldgate. I was in St. Paul's Church-yard on the 19th of April—I saw the prisoner and a companion—I saw the other take a handkerchief from the prosecutor's pocket, and give it to the prisoner, they were close together—I told the gentleman, and the prisoner ran away—he was taken, and the handkerchief found in his hat.

CHARLES FREEMAN . I live in Stangate-street, Lambeth. I was in St. Paul's Church-yard, and felt something at my pocket; I turned, and the prisoner and another ran away—I pursued the prisoner, who was taken by the policeman, and my handkerchief was in his hat.

EDWARD PYEFINCH (City police-constable No. 67.) I was passing New-gate-street with another prisoner—I saw this prisoner run across and go down Bath-street—I pursued and took him, with the handkerchief in his hat.

Prisoner's Defence. I was going to see for my brother—the other lad took the handkerchief and gave it me—I was rather frightened, and took it—I ran down a turning which was no thoroughfare, and was taken—I was in good work at a wharf in Earl-street, with my father.

GUILTY. Aged 16.—Recommended to merry. — Confined Six Months.

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