16th August 1847
Reference Numbert18470816-1729
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1729. WILLIAM BURKE was indicted for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of a man unknown, from his person.

GEORGE SCOTT (City police-constable, No. 560) On the 13th of July, about twelve o'clock at noon, I was on duty at Custom-house-quay—there was a rowing-match at the time—I saw the prisoner attempt a great many pockets—he at last went behind a gentleman, took this handkerchief from his pocket, put it into his breast, and came away—I took him, but there was such a rush that I could not see the gentleman—a gentleman came up, who had lost a handkerchief at the moment, but that was not the gentleman the prisoner took this from.

Prisoner's Defence. I was on the Custom-house-quay, and this officer came up to me, and pulled the handkerchief out of my breast; he turned to a man, and said, "Is this your handkerchief?" the man said, "No;" he said, "You must come along with me;" I know nothing of it.

GUILTY. Aged 19.— Confined Four Months.

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