Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 February 2023), June 1889, trial of JOHN BUCKLEY (t18890624-565).

JOHN BUCKLEY, Theft > simple larceny, 24th June 1889.

565. JOHN BUCKLEY , Unlawfully attempting to steal a purse containing £10, the goods and money of Henry James Fulljames.

MR. QUARRELL Prosecuted, and MR. KEITH FRITH Defended.

HENRY JAMES FULLJAMES . I was at Kempton Park on 10th June, and after the races I was on the special railway platform—I had on a coat, a covert coat, both buttoned, and a macintosh open; I had a chain, with a watch at one end and a sovereign-purse, made specially to contain twenty sovereigns, at the other—the train was drawing up, and I was endeavouring to get my wife in, and kept the crowd away, I felt a person squeeze between me and the train, and get partly on the footboard, and I felt a tug at my waistcoat—I looked down and saw the prisoner with my sovereign-purse in his hand—on his discovering that I saw him he hurriedly dropped the purse, and tried to make a great hurry to get into the train, and called to people, I don't know if they were his associates or not, to look sharp, or they would lose the train, as if that was all his anxiety—recognising him as a man who had previously attempted to pick my pocket at a race meeting, I called a constable and gave him in charge.

Cross-examined. The constable, who was on the platform, found him in a railway carriage next to the door, going on with the train about two seconds after this had occurred—it was five o'clock, I believe, directly after the races—there was a great rush of people, as usual—the last time someone attempted to steal my purse was Ascot last year, I think—the prisoner was admitted to bail next day.

Re-examined. He was in the same railway carriage I was trying to get into—I saw my purse in his hand.

JAMES FARROW (Policeman T 586). I was on the platform at Kempton Park on 10th June, when I was summoned by Mr. Fulljames—I took the prisoner, and took him to Sunbury Station, where he was charged.

Cross-examined. The five o'clock train is just after the races—there had been struggling to get in.

The prisoner received a good character.

NOT GUILTY .