Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 December 2023), March 1839, trial of JAMES CHESTNEY NATHAN HASWELL (t18390304-935).

JAMES CHESTNEY, NATHAN HASWELL, Theft > pocketpicking, 4th March 1839.

935. JAMES CHESTNEY and NATHAN HASWELL were indicted for stealing, on the 12th of February, 1 handkerchief, value 4s., the goods of Joseph Viner, from his person.

JOSEPH HENRY ELLIS . I am a boot-maker. On the 12th of February, about nine o'clock in the evening, I was in Jerusalem-passage, and saw the two prisoners—I saw Chestney take a pocket-handkerchief from a gentleman's pocket, and put his hand behind his back towards the other prisoner, who was close to him—I took the handkerchief from him—I took the prisoners, and met an officer, and gave them in charge.

JURY. Q. Had you seen them together previously? A. No, but they

were close together, and I am certain Haswell would have taken it if he had had an opportunity.

JOSEPH VINER . I was passing through Jerusalem-passage—this is my handkerchief—it was taken from me—the two prisoners were close to me, and they were taken.

Haswell's Defence. I was looking after a situation—this prisoner, my brother-in-law, came with me, and we were coming through the passage—I stopped, land he went on before me—I was four yards from him at the time—I came up, seeing a mob, and a gentleman laid hold on me.



Whipped and Discharged.