Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 January 2022), September 1839, trial of THOMAS GRIFFITHS (t18390916-2462).

THOMAS GRIFFITHS, Theft > pocketpicking, 16th September 1839.

2462. THOMAS GRIFFITHS was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of August, 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of William Henry Thompson, from his person.

WILLIAM HENRY THOMPSON . I am an attorney's clerk, and live in Upper Weymouth-terrace, Hackney-road. On the 10th of August, between seven and eight o'clock, I was in High-street, Shoreditch—I felt a hand touch me—I turned round and saw the prisoner's hand underneath my coat—I immediately collared him, held him till a policeman came op, and gave him into custody—I had hold of a friend's arm at the time—when I turned round I entirely lost sight of his hand for half a minute, and when I turned my head again I saw nay handkerchief lying immediately behind him.

HENRY RANSOM . I am a policeman. The prosecutor gave the prisoner into my charge, and delivered the handkerchief to me—the prisoner denied any knowledge of it.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. It was not me that had the handkerchief, and it was not me that did it—I know nothing about it—there were ever so many more people near.

MR. THOMPSON re-examined. There was nobody near enough to take it but the prisoner—he was very close to me, and it was impossible anybody else could have taken it.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY . * Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.