Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 February 2023), July 1850, trial of RICHARD BENNETT (t18500708-1279).

RICHARD BENNETT, Theft > pocketpicking, 8th July 1850.

1279. RICHARD BENNETT , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 1s.; from the person of a man unknown.

WILLIAM CHILDS . I am beadle of Tower-hill. On 24th June I saw the prisoner go up to a gentleman on Tower-hill, and take this handkerchief (produced) from his pocket—I ran after him and took him—I found these other two handkerchiefs on him as well—when I returned the gentleman was gone.

CHARLES STEBBINGS . I saw the prisoner take this handkerchief from a gentleman's pocket, and put it into his trowsers pocket—I saw three handkerchiefs taken from him.

Prisoner's Defence. I bought them for 4s. 6s., in Petticoat-lane.

GUILTY .** Aged 17.— Confined Twelve Months.