7th April 1845
Reference Numbert18450407-865
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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865. RICHARD LEE was indicted for unlawfully attempting to steal 1 watch, the goods of Jonathan James William Bacon, from his person.

JONATHAN JAMES WILLIAM BACON . I am a carpenter, and live in Pennington-street, St. George's. On the 7th of April, about half-past four o'clock I was pressing through a crowd on Tower-hill—there were several mountebanks or conjurors there—on seeing two policemen approach to disperse them, the crowd rushed towards the iron railing—I had not been standing still two or three minutes, before I felt something pressing close against me—I saw the prisoner standing close against me, with his coat thrown open over my waistcoat, so as to prevent any one seeing what he was doing—I saw my watch in his hand—it had a guard to it, which was round my neck, and kept it fixed to my person—I beckoned to a policeman on the opposite side, who immediately came and took him into custody.

Prisoner. When the officers came up, he took the watch out of his own pocket. Witness. I did not—it had been in my waistcoat pocket.

JAMES EVES (police-constable H 14.) I saw the prisoner with his coat undone—I did not see the prosecutor take the watch out of his own pocket—it was hanging round his neck, attached to the guard—I did not see it in the prisoner's hand.

Prisoner. Upwards of a dozen people saw him take it out of his pocket; I asked them to come up, but they would not.

GUILTY .* Aged 19.— Confined Nine Months.

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