11th May 1835
Reference Numbert18350511-1142
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment

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1142. MICHAEL MAY and GEORGE BROWN were indicted for stealing, on the 19th of April, 1 necklace, value 7s. 6d., the goods of James Griffiths, from the person of Caroline Phoebe Griffiths.

CAROLINE PHOERE GRIFFITHS . I am the daughter of James Griffiths, a tailor, in St. John-street—I am ten years old. On the 19th of April, I was by the Eagle Tavern, walking with another young lady—the two prisoners came behind me, and snatched the necklace off my neck—there was nobody else near me—they broke the necklace—I turned round, and saw them run down the steps—I could see it in the hand of one of them—I think it was May's—they dropped it—I screamed, and cried "Stop thief," and they were stopped—the necklace was given to me by a witness—my neck was scratched.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Were there not a good many people going backwards and forwards? A. Nobody near me—there were

not many people in the street—there was more than ten or twelve—I believe the necklace was in May's hand, but I am not certain.

RICHARD GODDARD . I am the son of Samuel Goddard, of Turner's Rents. On the afternoon of the 19th of April I saw the prisoners run down Turner's Rents, down the steps from the Eagle walk—I heard the little girl halloo out, "Stop thief"—I ran after them, and came up to them—I heard one say to the other, "Bill, bung 'em," and one of them chucked the beads down—I took them up, and gave them to the girl, who gave them to the policeman—the prisoners were stopped in my presence—I am quite sure they are the boys.

NATHANIEL CATER (police-constable N 264.) I saw the prisoners in the Wenlock-road about five o'clock, being pursued—I took them into custody—the prosecutrix gave me the necklace—her neck had four scratches on it, which were bleeding—Brown said he picked the beads up, and put them into his pocket; and having a hole in his pocket, they dropped to the ground—May said he only ran on seeing the other men. and knew nothing about it.

May's Defence. Several people were running after us, calling "Stop thief"—I stopped, and turned to see what was the matter—I did not know any thing about it.

MAY— GUILTY .* Aged 13.— Confined Six Months.

BROWN— GUILTY . Aged 12. Confined One Month.

Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

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