Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 01 December 2021), December 1823, trial of WILLIAM DAY (t18231203-58).

WILLIAM DAY, Theft > pocketpicking, 3rd December 1823.

London Cases, Before Mr. Recorder.

58. WILLIAM DAY was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of November , a handkerchief, value 2 s., the goods of John Shank Parrey , from his person .

MR. JOHN SHANK PARREY . I am an attorney , and live in Cateaton-street. On the 14th of November, about three o'clock in the afternoon, I was in Fleet-street , near Chancery-lane, walking with Mr. Gates and Mr. Pollock; I missed my handkerchief, turned round, and saw the prisoner putting a yellow handkerchief under his coat - I thought there was somebody with him. I seized him and took my handkerchief from him. He said hunger tempted him to do it. He appeared distressed.

THOMAS SMITH . I am a constable. I took him in charge - he said he was distressed and hungry. I found no money on him. I produce the handkerchief.

MR. PARREY. This is another handkerchief, and has been substituted for mine. I put a mark on it in the constable's presence, and here are initials substituted in its stead, it is not my writing - it is the same pattern, but a darker colour; mine had a hole in it, which there is not in this. I am certain I took my handkerchief from him.

THOMAS SMITH . It is the handkerchief the gentleman delivered to me I am certain.

Prisoner's Defence. I was looking for work, and picked this handkerchief up by Chancery-lane, stood a moment, and then put it under my coat. I had plenty of time to escape.

GUILTY . Aged 20.

Confined Two Months .