Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 24 February 2018), January 1703, trial of Peter Brookes (t17030115-10).

Peter Brookes, Theft > pocketpicking, 15th January 1703.

Peter Brookes , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for picking the Pocket of James Fitzgerald , of a callico Handkerchief, value 14 d. on the 26th of December last . The Prosecutor said, That he was going down Drury-lane , and on a sudden mist his Handkerchief, and looking about, espied the Prisoner, who he thought might have it, and askt him for it, who at first denied it, but taking hold of him, it dropt off of his Head, from under his Hat, and taking it from him, the Prisoner in revenge, gave him divers blows with an Oaken-stick: The Goods being of little or no value, the Jury found him guilty to the value of 2 d.

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