Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 February 2023), April 1833, trial of THOMAS GERRARD (t18330411-136).

THOMAS GERRARD, Theft > pocketpicking, 11th April 1833.

Second London Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

806. THOMAS GERRARD was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of March , 1 handkerchief, value 4s., the goods of John Browne Jones , from his person .

JOHN BROWNE JONES, I live in Edmund-place, Aldersgate-street, and am a draper . On the 20th of March I was going up Holborn , nearly past the Bell and Crown; I missed my handkerchief - I saw the prisoner immediately behind me; I turned and took him, and took my handkerchief from his pocket - he begged of me not to take him up, saying he would never do the like again; this is my handkerchief.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q.How long have you had it. A.Some time; it is not hemmed - I had it twelve months, but had not used it much; I had used it before that day - I know it because I have another exactly like it; I do not know whether the prisoner had a handkerchief of his own - I felt outside his trousers, felt this handkerchief, and took it from him.

COURT. Q.Where did you keep your handkerchief when you had it not in your pocket? A.With the rest of my clothes, in a box at home; I have had it about my person two or three times - the prisoner asked me to forgive him; one of these handkerchiefs had been washed.

Cross-examined. Q.Which side of the Bell and Crown was this? A. On the City side; I do not know where the City ends, but it is somewhere in Holborn.