Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 November 2022), January 1830, trial of JAMES WEST (t18300114-91).

JAMES WEST, Theft > pocketpicking, 14th January 1830.

325. JAMES WEST was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of December , 2 Sovereigns, 17 shillings, and 1 sixpence, the monies of Thomas Baker , from his person .

THOMAS BAKER . I am a labourer . On the 4th of December, between six and seven o'clock. I was in a cart, going home from market, just by Knightsbridge-barracks- the prisoner was in the cart with me; I had employed him to go with me with a sack of potatoes, and then he helped me to load some dung; my money was in my jacket pocket - I had two sovereigns in a box; as soon as the prisoner left the cart I missed it, and when I got to the public-house I found the bottom of my pocket was cut; I took one of the horses, and gailoped down the road, knowing where he lived - I examined the bottom of the cart, and the money was not there, but there was a shilling. which he had dropped there; there was no hole in the cart - I had felt his hand in my waistcoat pocket, and asked if he was feeling for a bit of tobacco.

Prisoner. He was so intoxicated he could not get into the cart. Witness. No, I was not; there were four or five of us had three pots of half and half.

Prisoner. He was tossing with the landlord and landlady for five or six half pints of gin. Witness. No, 1 was not.

JAMES COOK . I am a constable of Hammersmith. I was sent for to the Red Coy, and saw the prosecutor, who said he had been robbed; he gave the same account that he has to-day, and was quite sober - I went for me prisoner, but could not find him: I heard he was in White-cross-street, where he gave him-self up to an execution; I charged him with the theft, and he said he knew nothing of it.

Prisoner's Defence. This constable came where I was. and I said, "You are looking after me, are you?" he said Yes - I petitioned the Thatched-house Company, and got out; I am as innocent as any person in this place.

JURY to THOMAS BAKER . Q. Did you stop at any place from the time of delivering the potatoes? A. No -I got in at the Ship, in St. James'-street, where I received 3l. for the potatoes; the prisoner told me to get in, and he would drive for me.

GUILTY . Aged 39. - Confined Six Months .