16th August 1847
Reference Numbert18470816-1723
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown

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1723. EDWARD MASON and JOHN ROWE were indicted for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 1s., the property of John Lowe, from his person.

MASON†pleaded GUILTY. Aged 21— Confined Six Months.

JOHN DAVIS (City police-constable, No. 551.) On the 29th of July about four o'clock I was in Guildhall-yard with another officer, and saw the prisoners together, I watched them, and saw Mason put his hand in a gentleman's pocket and draw a handkerchief out—Rowe was alongside of him—we seized the prisoners—Mason dropped the handkerchief on the ground—I took hold of it, and we took them both to the station-house.

JOHN LOWE I am a clerk in the Post-office—on the afternoon of the 29th

of July I was in Guildhall-yard—I lost my handkerchief which I had had in my pocket five minutes before—this is it.

HENRY ROWE (City police-constable, No. 356.) I was with Davies, and saw Mason take this handkerchief out of Mr. Lowe's pocket—Rowe was standing behind him, covering him—I had seen the prisoners together for some time—Mason tried several pockets.

Rowe's Defence. I was coming home from work, and stopped to see the election; I was going away, the officer tapped me on the shoulder, and charged me with stealing the handkerchief; I know nothing about it; I was not with this lad.


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