Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 23 April 2021), April 1817, trial of ENOCH BENTONY (t18170416-155).

ENOCH BENTONY, Theft > pocketpicking, 16th April 1817.

693. ENOCH BENTONY was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of March , one handkerchief, value 1s., the property of William Price , from his person .

WILLIAM PRICE . I live in Bread-street, Cheapside. On the 1st of March, I was in Holborn, between four and five o'clock in the afternoon; when I came to Broad-street, St. Giles's , there was a crowd - I was passing through it; just before I got to Queen-street, I felt something touch my pocket, and I missed my handkerchief. The prisoner turned round, and asked me if I had lost any thing, and the officer secured him.

JOHN LINES . I am an officer. I saw the prisoner, and six more men. I followed them down Oxford-road. The prisoner made a rush between the others, and took the handkerchief out of Mr. Price's pocket - I searched him, and took the handkerchief out of his hat.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 21.

Transported for Life .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.