Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 October 2021), April 1829, trial of GEORGE MORGAN (t18290409-275).

GEORGE MORGAN, Theft > pocketpicking, 9th April 1829.

954. GEORGE MORGAN was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of John Charles Bricknell , from his person .

JOHN CHARLES BRICKNELL . I am a hosier . I was standing in a passage leading from Princes-street to Leicester-square ; I felt a pressure at my pocket - I felt, and missed my handkerchief; I saw two persons near me, and took hold of one of them; a gentleman came up, and said he would point out the prisoner; he showed him to me in Coventry-street; I recognised him as one who had been behind me - on the road to the watch-house he spoke to a person, and my handkerchief was sent to the watch-house.

GEORGE WILLIAM IRESON . I saw Mr. Bricknell standing in the street; the prisoner took a handkerchief from his pocket, and put it behind him - a boy, who was standing against a post, took it from him; I am certain he is the person - I pointed him out to the prosecutor.

THOMAS GOOK . I am an officer. The prisoner was brought to me; the handkerchief was delivered to me by Harris.

JOHN HARRIS . About half-past eight o'clock I was going to get some wood; I saw a mob, and went up; the prisoner called me, and told me to go to Peter-street, to Jem Connolly , and fetch the handkerchief, which I did.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. This gentleman took another boy who had picked his pocket. I went on to St. Martin's church, and back again - he then came, and charged me with it after he had let the other boy go: I said I would go and show him where the other boy was, as I saw a boy running with it; I met Harris, and told him to go to the boy - it is quite false for that gentleman to say he saw me pick the pocket; if he did, why did he not take me.

GUILTY . Aged 21.

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