11th May 1835
Reference Numbert18350511-1323
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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1323. THOMAS LUTHER was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of April, 1 handkerchief, value 1s. 6d., the goods of John Carr, from his person.

JOHN CARR . I am a carpenter, and live in York-road, Lambeth. I was at Greenwich fair on the 20th of April, and lost a handkerchief, which I have recovered—it is worth 1s. 6d.—this is it.

THOMAS HOBBS (police-constable C 85.) I was on duty at Greenwich fair, and saw the prisoner go behind the prosecutor, and take this handkerchief out of his pocket—I seized him instantly with it in his hand—he got it quite out of the pocket.

Prisoner's Defence. I picked it off the ground—the policeman called out, "Has any gentleman lost a handkerchief?"—the gentleman turned round, and said, he had—he could not exactly swear it was his at first.

THOMAS HOBBS re-examined. I saw him take it out of the pocket—he

begged me to let him go, and said, it was his first offence, and that he would go away from the fair.

(Thomas Drew, in whose employ the prisoner had been, gave him a good character, and offered to take him into his service.)

GUILTY. Aged 18.— Judgment Respited.

Fourth Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

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