1st February 1841
Reference Numbert18410201-638
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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638. JOHN STONE was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of January, 2 half-crowns, the monies of Jeremiah Challenger Wooster, from his person.

JEREMIAH CHALLENGER WOOSTER . I am a cabinet manufacturer. On the 30th of January, between twelve and one o'clock at night, I was in Long-lane, Smithfield, within three or four doors of my own house—the prisoner, who was a stranger, addressed me, and said, "You are a Chartist, I know," or, I "believe"—I replied, "I am no Chartist, nor do I know any thing of the Chartist society"—he immediately put his finger and thumb into my waistcoat pocket, and took out two half-crowns—I seized him, and we had a violent struggle—I saw both the half-crowns on the pavement—one of them was picked up, and the other was lost—I struggled

with him till I got assistance—it was as much as two or three could do to hold him, and at last, when he saw the policeman coming, he made a bite at my hand.

JAMES ENGLEFIELD . I was in the street. I heard some money fall, and saw the prosecutor and the prisoner struggling—I saw one half-crown on the pavement—I picked it up, and gave it to the policeman.

JAMES HOWLETT . I am a butcher. I saw the prosecutor seize the prisoner—he struggled very much to get away.

WILLIAM COOK (City police-constable, No. 266.) I took the prisoner—Ifound on him 2d., a small case knife, and a square.

Prisoner. I throw myself on the mercy of the Court; I have a wife and children.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY. Aged 22.—Recommended to mercy. — Confined Six Months.

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