Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 November 2022), May 1838, trial of HENRY BOULTON (t18380514-1142).

HENRY BOULTON, Theft > pocketpicking, 14th May 1838.

1142. HENRY BOULTON was indicted for Healing, on the 16th of April, 1 handkerchief, value 2s.; the goods of Thomas Ackland, from his person.

THOMAS ACKLAND . I am a schoolmaster, and live in Colebrook-row, Islington. On the 16th of April, between eleven and twelve o'clock, I was in Little Moorfields—I felt a slight movement of my coat behind, and looked back, but not suspecting any thing, I did not take any notice—in a few minutes I was called to by some persons behind, who asked if I had lost any thing—I felt, and missed my handkerchief, which they produced.

JOHN PALMER . I am a boot and shoemaker in Little Moorfields. On the morning of the at 16th of April I was looking out of my window, and saw the prisoner with another lad—I cannot say whether they were in company, but they were close together—I saw the prisoner draw the handkerchief from the prosecutor's pocket—I went out and called the prosecutor, who missed it—I saw the prisoner drop it on the pavement, when I called to the prosecutor.

Prisoner. He did not see me take it—a boy took it, and chucked it on me—I did not have it—I did not offer to run—I saw it on the ground. Witness. I am sure I saw him take it—he was not a yard and a half from my shop.

ABRAHAM HAM . I am an officer. I took the prisoner, and have the handkerchief.

(Property produced-arid sworn to.)

GUILTY. Aged 12.—Recommended to mercy .— Confined Three Months.