27th February 1837
Reference Numbert18370227-759
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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759. CHARLES MEEKES was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of February, 1 handkerchief, value 4s., the goods of Thomas John Flower, from his person.

THOMAS JOHN FLOWER . I live in Great Castle-street, and am a jeweller. I was leaving my brother's house on the 17th of February, between one and two o'clock in the morning, in Greek-street, Soho, and was going to Great Castle-street—within twenty or thirty yards of it I fell down—I cannot say whether I was knocked down—I had been drinking—I was not drunk—I was insensible for two or three hours, and one of the teeth of my lower jaw was broken—I lost this handkerchief.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. Had you been drinking? A. Yes—I bad had two glasses of gin and water and some supper—I was not conscious of receiving any blow.

WILLIAM TOMLINSON (police-constable E 68.) A little before two o'clock on Friday morning, the 17th of February, I found Mr. Flower on the pavement—I hastened up and saw the prisoner and another man standing not far from him—they said, "Here is a dead man"—I called a brother constable, and we took him to the hospital, and got his face washed and his wounds dressed, and the men went with us—the prisoner offered to assist us in taking the prosecutor home—we refused, and in a little while Wilson said to me, "Hold Mr. Flower fast"—I turned my head and saw him take out of the prisoner's hand a handkerchief, which I believe to be this.

Cross-examined. Q. You omitted to mention, I think, that you were called to the person on the ground by the cry of "Police?" A. Yes, and then I found the prisoner and a friend of his standing by—they were about thirty yards from me when I first saw them—they might have been drinking, but were not the worse for liquor.

WILLIAM WILSON (police-sergeant E 12.) I found the prosecutor in the hospital—I went and saw the prisoner and another person—we were taking Mr. Flower home, and the prisoner followed us with another—they stopped a little way behind, and overtook us again in Titchfield-street—the prisoner aid, "Have you not got him home yet?"—he went a little further, and got hold of his arm—I said, "Let him alone"—we walked a pace or two further, and I saw the prisoner's hand in Mr. Flower's pocket, and he drew out this handkerchief—I said, "What are you at there?" and caught his hand—he said, "Oh, here is his handkerchief"—I then took him into custody—in going along he said, "I am only a poor servant; let me go;

say no more about it"—when opposite Holies-street he broke away from me—I caught him, and a constable coming up I gave him into custody.

MR. BODKIN to T. J. FLOWER. Q. Had you a watch and money about you? A I had some money, but no watch—the policeman took care of the money—there Mere some papers brought to me the next morning by the waterman on the stand—my money was in my breeches pocket—I cannot tell how lately before they had been safe—I was half a mile from my brother's.


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