11th May 1835
Reference Numbert18350511-1190
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1190. JOHN SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of April, 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of Henry Cantis, from his person; and that he had been before convicted of felony.

HENRY CANTIS . I am a medical student. I lived in Charlotte-street, Fitzroy-square—on the 28th of April I was in Holborn, near Gray's-inn-lane, at a few minutes after one o'clock—I felt something, turned round, and saw the prisoner pushing my handkerchief into his breeches pocket—I took him, and gave him in charge—this it my handkerchief.

ROBERT BEAKE . I am a constable, and live in Castle-street, Maryle-bone. I received the prisoner and this handkerchief—he said it would soon be over.

ALEXANDER HALL . I am a patrol of to Brides. I produce a copy of the prisoner's conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark's office—I was present when he was tried, and I know he is the man (read.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was passing Holborn, and saw two young men—one of them dropped the handkerchief which I picked up—the gentleman collared me, ana I said I picked it up.

MR. CANTIS. He was not more than five yards from me—there were other persons near, but he crossed the road, and I followed him—I know I had had my handkerchief safe a quarter of an hour before.

JURY. Q. Did you see it in the possession of the prisoner before he crossed the road? A. Yes.

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Seven Years.

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