EDWARD EDNEY, WILLIAM EDNEY, Theft > pocketpicking, 4th April 1836.

1111. EDWARD EDNEY and WILLIAM EDNEY were indicted for stealing, on the 4th of April, 1 pocket-book, value 6d.; and 1 printed book, value 6d.; the goods of William Hotine, from his person.

WILLIAM DYKE (police-constable R 198.) I was attending Greenwich fair—I saw the two prisoners follow Mr. Hotine—there was another with them—they got behind Mr. Hotine, and I saw William Edney take these two books from him—he gave one to Edward, who put it into his pocket, and the pocket-book dropped on the ground—I had been watching them some time.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. You say there was a third boy? A. Yes; and he ran away—the prosecutor was standing in the front of them—when I took up the book, I said, "Whose is this?"—but I saw them do it—a person gave me the second book the moment after they were in custody—I was in plain clothes—there was some confusion in the fair—I am sure William Edney took the book.

WILLIAM HOTLINE . I was in Greenwich fair. These are my property—I am a clerk, and write for an accountant in the City.

Cross-examined. Q. Are they both pocket-books? A. One is, and one is not, though it is small enough to go in the pocket—it is a catechisms of Geography—I was a clerk six months ago, and lived with Price and Gifford, in Water-lane, Thames-street—I have been since getting any casual employment—I did not see these boys taken—I saw them afterwards—I was about three-quarters of a yard from them when I first saw them—we had not got six yards before the second book was brought—neither I nor the officer had this book then—I did not see it on the ground—the officer directed my attention to it on the ground—I had not been in the fair two minutes—the officer touched me on the shoulder, and asked me if the book was mine.

Edward Edney. I was in the fair—a boy came up and offered the books to us for sale.

(The prisoners received good character.)

EDWARD EDNEY— GUILTY [Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor. See original trial image.]. Aged 17.

WILLIAM EDNEY— GUILTY. Aged 18.Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor.— Confined Three Months.


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