30th January 1843
Reference Numbert18430130-696
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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696. GEORGE HEWLETT was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of Jan., 4 handkerchiefs, value 2s. 6d., the goods of James William Webster, from his person.

JAMES WILLIAM WEBSTER . I am a commission agent, and live in Fair-street, Stepney. On the evening of the 16th of Jan., I was in Philpott-street, Commercial-road, looking at a man selling hardware—I felt some one behind at my pocket—I turned short round, and saw the prisoner—I missed four handkerchiefs out of my pocket behind, wrapped in part of the "Edinburgh Journal"—I saw the prisoner behind me—he moved away directly—I followed him, and said, "You have got my handkerchiefs"—he said, "I have not"—I said, "You have"—he had his two hands in his pocket in front—he shuffled about, and dropped the handkerchiefs at his feet—I saw him do it, and I picked them up—these are them—when I was giving the prisoner into custody, he said he would enter an action against me for giving him into custody—I am quite sure I saw him drop them.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Where do you carry on business? A. The last place I was appointed to was Mr. Flynn's, in Thames-street, opposite the Custom-house—I was appointed by him to sell wines and stout—I have no place of business—Mr. Flynn was the last person I had a commission from—it was about five months back—I have since been walking about the street, sometimes with my wife, sometimes with my own brother, and different persons—I know a person of the name of Prior—I have walked about with him—I have so much a week allowed me by my mother, who lives as housekeeper at Mr. Arnold's at London-bridge, and has been so fourteen years, and she has a little property as well—I was a conductor to an omnibus

two years ago—I was in that employ eight years—I left it to better myself—Mr. Davis has tried to get me into the London-docks—I lost the handkerchief on the 16th—I have been obliged to pawn things at different pawnbrokers—my mother gave me these four handkerchiefs—I am twenty-seven years old—Prior lives opposite me—he was an engineer, I believe, on board a boat some, time ago—there were a number of persons about at the time—the prisoner and I were there—there were a number standing round us—the prisoner said, "How dare you insult a gentleman?"—he did not go with me to a policeman—I took him by the arm, and passed over to the other side—we saw no constable there till one came out of a street—he did not make any attempt to get away.

GEORGE BANKS (police-constable K 342.) Between eight and nine o'clock on the 16th of Jan., the prisoner and the prosecutor came up together—the prosecutor had got hold of the prisoner's arm, and gave him into my custody, for stealing four handkerchiefs out of his pocket—the prisoner said directly that he had not stolen them, but they were picked up at his feet—I then took him to the station—the prosecutor gave me these four handkerchiefs—they were wrapped up in a piece of paper, and the paper was muddy.

JAMES WILLIAM WEBSTER re-examined. Q. At the spot where these handkerchiefs were picked up, were there any persons about besides you and the prisoner? A. They came round after—at the time I picked up these handkerchiefs; at the prisoner's feet there were other persons round, but not near us—I was facing him—the place was thronged with people where we were—the prisoner got further into the crowd when I charged him with stealing the handkerchiefs.


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