Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 December 2021), May 1825, trial of WILLIAM TURNER EDWARD NORMAN (t18250519-183).

WILLIAM TURNER, EDWARD NORMAN, Theft > pocketpicking, 19th May 1825.

1038. WILLIAM TURNER and EDWARD NORMAN were indicted for stealing, on the 2d of May , a handkerchief, value 3 s., the goods of James Ritchie , from his person .

JAMES RITCHIE. I am a clerk . On the 2d of May, about half-past five o'clock in the evening, I was in Fleet-street . I am not certain whether I had a handkerchief in my pocket, but one was shewn me by the officer, which I know to be mine - it has my initials on it - I did not feel any one take it, but heard some one call out, and saw the officer take it from Norman - the other prisoner was not a yard from him - they were taken into custody - I had seen my handkerchief an hour before.

CHARLES HERDSFIELD . I saw the two prisoners follow this gentleman and another - I saw them go behind Mr. Ritchie, and Turner took the handkerchief, and put it between them - Norman then took it from him and put it under his small clothes; I took hold of them and Norman fell down with it in his trowsers.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

TURNER'S Defence. As I was going along Fleet-street, I saw Norman before me, he stooped and picked up something, turned round and asked me if this was my handkerchief - I said no, and then the officer came and took us.

TURNER - GUILTY . Aged 19.

NORMAN - GUILTY . Aged 16.

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