Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 February 2023), December 1820, trial of JAMES SOUTH WILLIAM FINLAYSON (t18201206-29).

JAMES SOUTH, WILLIAM FINLAYSON, Theft > pocketpicking, 6th December 1820.

28. JAMES SOUTH and WILLIAM FINLAYSON were indicted for stealing, on the 3d of November , one handkerchief, value 7 s., the goods of John Parker Burrows , from his person .

JOHN PARKER BURROWS . I am a solicitor . On the 3d of November, between eight and nine o'clock at night, I was at St. Dunstan's church with Mr. Robinson, and felt a sudden jerk at my pocket; I turned round and saw two persons, Finlayson was one, and I believe South was the other - South had my handkerchief in his hand, and was giving it to Finlayson, who took it, shifted it to his left, and dropped it. I collared him, and South ran off towards Fetter-lane. Mr. Robinson pursued the other.

WILLIAM ROBINSON . I was walking with Mr. Burrows, my partner; on his turning round I observed two boys - (South was one) behind. I saw one drop the handkerchief. He collared Finlayson, and I followed South - he was stopped in Fetter-lane and given to me. He said he hoped I would not appear against him. He denied all knowledge of the other.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

SOUTH'S Defence. I was coming through Temple-bar and the gentleman stopped me.

FINLAYSON'S Defence. I saw two boys; one had the handkerchief and threw it on me, and I shook it off.

SOUTH - GUILTY . Aged 16.

FINLAYSON - GUILTY . Aged 17.

Transported for Life .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.