Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 January 2023), January 1841, trial of MICHAEL HUNTER (t18410104-555).

MICHAEL HUNTER, Theft > pocketpicking, 4th January 1841.

555. MICHAEL HUNTER was indicted for stealing on the 17th of December, 1 watch, value 2l.; 1 watch-chain, value 3s.; 1 seal, value 1s.; and 1 watch-key, value 1s.; the goods of David Thompson, from the person of Daniel Forbes.

DAVID THOMPSON . I am a private in the 61st regiment—the prisoner is a private in the same regiment. I had a watch, chain, and seal, but I had no pocket in my trowsers, and Forbes had it to keep till I had one—this watch and appendages now produced are mine.

DANIEL FORBES . I am a private in the same regiment. I had the care of this watch on the 17th of December—it was round my neck with a guard-chain—I was at a public-house—I had been drinking, but was quite sober—the prisoner was there, and came to the corner of the table where I was sitting—I was in the act of getting a pennyworth of apples from a woman in the room, and I felt the prisoner in the act of putting his hand into my pocket—he said my coat was all over dust—I looked, but could not see any—I then felt a snatch, and the prisoner went out—I directly missed the watch from my pocket.

Prisoner. Q. Did you not call me over to where you sat? A. No, I did not.

Prisoner. You gave me the watch to take care of. Witness. No, I did not know he had it till he was gone.

WILLIAM BREMMKR . I am a pawnbroker. I received this watch on the 17th of December, between seven and eight o'clock in the evening—the prisoner pawned it.

DANIEL RIORDON (police-constable R 207.) I took the prisoner—I asked him if be had taken a watch—he said "No"—I asked if he had pawned a watch—he said "No"—I took him to the pawnbroker's, and then he said he saw the chain of a watch hanging from Forbes's pocket, and Forbes gave it him to pawn.

GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Three Months.

Before Mr. Common Sergeant.