Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 March 2023), September 1831, trial of WILLIAM HOLT (t18310908-125).

WILLIAM HOLT, Theft > simple larceny, 8th September 1831.

1652. WILLIAM HOLT was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of August , 4 pairs of trousers, value 20s. , the goods of John Wheeldon .

JOHN ROBINSON . I am a Policeman. On the night of the 15th of August, about ten o'clock, I saw the prisoner in some ground called Shadwell ruins, about forty yards from the prosecutor's shop; he had a bundle, and on seeing me he put it into his bosom: he was going along - I called to him to stop and show me what he had got; but he ran away and I followed him five or six minutes, calling Stop thief! and kept him in sight till he was stopped - I took three pairs of trousers from his bosom and this other pair was in his hand.

GEORGE LORIMER . I was an officer. I stopped the prisoner, who was running as fast as he could; I asked what he had got - he said Nothing - I said I insisted on knowing; he made a blow at me, and we both fell - I got two pairs of trousers from him; he said he bought them for 7s. of a man who hawked them about - he made great resistance.

WILLIAM BURTON . I am in John Wheeldon's employ. I had seen these trousers safe in his shop from half-past nine to ten o'clock.

JOHN WHEELDON . I am a clothes-salesman . These articles are mine; three pairs are new, 1 value them at 20s., but they are worth considerably more.

Prisoner's Defence. I had come from on board my ship - we had been drinking freely; these trousers were offered to me for 7s. - I bought them.

GUILTY . Aged 23. - Confined Three Months .