Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 October 2022), July 1816, trial of JOHN LYON (t18160710-45).

JOHN LYON, Theft > pocketpicking, 10th July 1816.

721. JOHN LYON was indicted for stealing, on the 3d of July , a watch, value 30s. a seal, value 1d. and a key, value 1d. the property of Samuel Moses , from his person .

SAMUEL MOSRS . I am a general dealer . I lost my watch on the day in the indictment; but I was so drunk that I don't know how I lost it.

RICHARD TRIVET . Coming down Bishopsgate-street, about eleven o'clock at night, on the day of the indictment, I heard the cry of stop thief. I saw the prisoner run across the street from the prosecutor, and the watchman caught hold of him, but he got away. I endeavoured to stop him, but failed just then. He ran to the end of the Old Bethlem, and there I caught hold of him. In the scuffle my had was knockad off, and on stooping to pick it up, he got away again, and ran towards Bishopsgate-street, and the officer Sapwell caught hold of him.

SARAH TNIVET . I am the wife of the last witness. As the prisoner was running past me, he threw something against the church wall, which was the watch I afterwards picked up.

THOMAS SAPWELL . I took charge of the prisoner and the property.

(Property produced.)

Proseculor. I ca'nt swear to it.

NOT GUILTY .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.