4th March 1839
Reference Numbert18390304-894
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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894. JOHN JONES was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of March, 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of John Dixon, from his person.

JOHN DIXON . About eight o'clock, on the 1st of March, I was in King William-street—a person asked if I had lost my handkerchief—I felt, and said I had—he produced this handkerchief to me, which I recognized at mine—I had had it in my pocket the same evening—the person brought the prisoner with him.

BENJAMIN KIDMAN . I am a baker, and live in Upper Thames-street I was in King William-street a few minutes after eight o'clock, on the opposite side to the prosecutor—I noticed the prisoner and another lad following the prosecutor—I saw the prisoner take up the prosecutor's pocket with his right hand, and take his handkerchief out with his left—he was crossing the road, folding it up—I crossed and met him—I took hold of his collar, and he dropped the handkerchief—I took it up—I sent a lad to tell the prosecutor—I gave the prisoner into custody—I have no doubt of his being the person.

Prisoner. When he took me the handkerchief was four yards away from me. Witness. No, it dropped down close to his legs—I saw it in his hand, and he dropped it—I took it up with one hand, and took him with the other—he was very strong, I could scarcely get him along—he and his companion were very nearly across the road before they saw me.

DANIEL DOUGLAS (City police-constable, No. 116.) I took the prisoner in charge.

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming from my father's sister, in Field-lane—just as I passed this gentleman he collared me, and said, "You have got the gentleman's handkerchief"—I said, "I have not," and I saw a boy run down a turning opposite—the gentleman must have made a mistake.

GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Six Months.

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