Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 November 2022), April 1839, trial of JOHN HANCOCK (t18390408-1424).

JOHN HANCOCK, Theft > simple larceny, 8th April 1839.

1424. JOHN HANCOCK was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of March, 2 pairs of boots, value 5s. 6d., the goods of John Honey.

JOHN HONEY . I live at Stratford, in Essex, and am a shoemaker. On the 28th of March, about a quarter to nine o'clock in the evening, I was in the room adjoining my shop—I saw the prisoner in the shop, taking two pairs of boots out of the window—he must have lifted the latch to come in—I saw him leave the house, and put the boots in the corner of the next house, which is a public-house, and then cross the road—I followed and secured him—I left him in care of the neighbours, and went and got the boots—I took him about twenty yards from the shop—he saw me following him, and ran.

JOHN BARTLETT . I am a constable of West Ham. The prisoner was given into my custody, with the boots.

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming from llford, on the other side of the road—two boys ran by me, nearly knocked me down with the boots, and chucked them inside the public-house.

GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Three Months.