11th May 1835
Reference Numbert18350511-1258
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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1258. MICHAEL WILMOTT was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of April, 1 handkerchief, value 4s., the goods of George Stone, from his person.

JOSEPH CRABB . I am a butcher, and live in Norway-place, Hackney-road. On the 27th of April, I was in Hackney-road, about half-past two o'clock, and saw the prisoner distinctly put his hand into Mr. Stone's pocket, and take out his handkerchief; I crossed to take hold of the prisoner, but he seeing me, turned into the road—I called, "Stop thief!" but being lame, I could not pursue him—Mr. Stone turned round, the prisoner threw the handkerchief into the road, and ran off—Mr. Stone pursued him, and took him himself.

Cross-examined by MR. JONES. Q. Where do you carry on your business? A. I was apprenticed to a butcher, and when I choose to go to Smithfield, and purchase any thing, and have it killed, I can do so—I had a shop, about five years ago, in Hackney-road, and I have been a journeyman four years ago—my mother is independent, and I live with her, but I earn a few shillings at my own business, as a journeyman, if any one employs me—I was employed last Tuesday—it is four years since I worked in any regular situation; I mean, that I have not earned a shilling, except as a journeyman butcher, for the last four years—I have not been assisting the police—I swear I never assisted them at all—I have not been a witness for the last four years, to my knowledge—I never gave evidence in any court except the Court of Requests—I have never been a witness before a Magistrate, to my knowledge—I have never been bail for any one.

GEORGE STONE . I had ray pocket picked in Hackney-road, on the 27th of April—I did not feel it, but I heard a cry of "Stop thief," I turned, and saw the prisoner run across the road—I saw him throw my handkerchief down—I took it up, and pursued him down a street, and took him.

Prisoner's Defence. It was not me.

(John Conden, of Nelson-street, Shoreditch; Thomas Hubbard, of Collingridge-street; and William Haye, of Back Church-lane, gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY. Aged 14.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.— Judgment Respited.

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